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Dorothy Jordan Nelson
  • Covenant Church
    Dayton & Jefferson Streets
    Galesburg, IL 61404
  • United Methodist Church
    1555 East Alejo Road
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

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I got to know both Dot and Mel during my time working at the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs. Dot was one-half of the notorious "Library Ladies." They were dedicated, faithful servants. Every Monday, over the course of the 6 years I worked there, Dot and Nancy Jane - and obviously their handy-man Mel, worked in the church library. Dot always had a good story for me; I heard quite a few of their life in Galesburg, and Mel's

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Posted by: Larea Pettersen - Cathedral City, CA - friend from church   Sep 21, 2013

Dorothy had a zest for life. She was a dynamo, a force unto herself. There was a joy to her, especially when it involved her family and friends. Her smile was broad and effortless. Although short in stature she could command your attention with her enthusiasm, wit and sincerity.

When my own parents passed away many years ago I decided that even though I didn't see them all that often I would make Mel and Dorothy my new parents. I

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Posted by: Stephen Sixta - Diamond Bar, CA   Sep 19, 2013

A glad-hearted smile. A beauty, she was. Pride radiating. Her three sons dressed alike, smiling and rumpled on a Christmas morning. And she loved these three. Melvin's hand holding hers in bright sunlight. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her smile. Rest well, Dorothy. They will see you smiling in sunlight forever.


Posted by: Jane Singer - Venice, CA - Friend   Sep 16, 2013

What fond memories I have of your family growing up in Galesburg. Spending the summers at Grandma Bert's and a lot of times at your house. Your mom and dad treating me like one of their own. Snitching cigarettes at Charlesons and smoking them under Pearl St. bridge over Cedar Fork. If I could climb down there I would possibly find a pack of Belair or Lucky Strikes on top of the support beam. The watermelon fight at Denny Stonekings

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Posted by: David Nelson - Galesburg, IL - nephew   Sep 15, 2013

Mel, Mike, Steve, Kelly and family. It is diificult to lose someone that has been part of our lives for so long. Memories from Church, Willard St. antics, the many years of friendship that our families have shared will not be forgotten. We enjoyed our visits with Mel and Dot and RoseAnn and Ted in Palm Springs many times over the last 10 years. Dot loved to have a good time and had a contagious sense of humor! I know

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Posted by: George and Diane Peterson - Galesburg, IL   Sep 13, 2013

All memories come flooding back. It was great talking to Aunt Dorothy these last few months since my Mother passed.

Posted by: Pam Nelson Padilla - Galesburg, IL - Niece   Sep 13, 2013