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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...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Larea Pettersen - Cathedral City, CA

“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. ...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Stephen Sixta - Diamond Bar, CA

“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...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jane Singer - Venice, CA - Friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: David Nelson - Galesburg, IL

“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....Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: George and Diane Peterson - IL

“All memories come flooding back. It was great talking to Aunt Dorothy these last few months since my Mother passed. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Pam Nelson Padilla - Galesburg, IL


Dorothy Nelson passed away in her sleep after a long illness on September 9th at home in Palm Springs. She was born December 26, 1925 to Harry and Waneta Jordan in a coal mining settlement outside of Albia, Iowa. Yes...she was a coal miner's daughter.

The family moved to Galesburg, Illinois were she graduated from Galesburg High School in 1943 and was a member of the National Honor Society. She married Melvin Nelson on April 21, 1946. They were completely devoted to each other for over 67 years.

She is survived by her husband and three sons, Michael (Susan Chieco), Stephen (Vicki) and Gary "Kelly" (Susie); three grandchildren, Joshua (Michelle), Matthew and Michelle Megan; two great grandchildren, Paige and Bentley; and a sister, Loretta (Earl) Boyd of Galesburg, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Delbert Jordan.

In Galesburg, she worked at Mayo General Hospital and was a supervisor in the marketing department of Gale Products for 21 years. In Desert Hot Springs, she worked at Guaranty Bank for over 9 years as a new accounts representative.

She was a former member of the Covenant Church in Galesburg and a member of the Palm Springs United Methodist Church, the Palm Springs Historical Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered at the church library and the Historical Society.

There will be a memorial service at the Palm Springs United Methodist Church on September 19th at 11:00 AM. A private burial will be held at the National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Memorials to either: Covenant Church, Dayton & Jefferson Streets, Galesburg, Illinois 61404 or the United Methodist Church, 1555 East Alejo Road, Palm Springs, California 92262.