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Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
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Miriam Nelson

Miriam Elaine Nelson (Halvorson)

Sunday, December 7th, 1930 - Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
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Miriam Elaine Halvorson Nelson died Tuesday, January 19, at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg, SD.

She was born December 7, 1930 to Helge and Florence (Hall) Halvorson northwest of Centerville, SD. Miriam was baptized and confirmed at Scandia Lutheran Church, Centerville, SD. She graduated from Irene High School in 1948, attended SDSU and General Beadle College earning a teaching degree. She taught 6th grade in Dell Rapids, SD.

Miriam married John N Nelson on January 20, 1951 at the 1st Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN. They farmed outside of Irene, SD for many years.

She counted it a privilege to serve on the Calvary Council, was a member of the women’s group, was a Sunday School teacher, confirmation teacher, and attended Via de Cristo weekends. Miriam was also a member of the Irene PTA and served on the Sunset Manor Board. She had a passion for caring for children. Miriam retired at the Pioneer Villa, Viborg, SD.

Survivors include her children Elizabeth (John) Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD, Elaine (Wayne) Oolman, Brandon, SD, John (Joan) Nelson, Irene, SD, Susan (Herman) Colvin, Bellevue, NE, and Steven (Crystal) Nelson, Irene, SD; ten grandsons, thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Roma Halvorson, Wakonda, SD, sister, Bonnie Torczon, Columbus, NE, brother Helge Jr. (Patricia), Yankton, SD and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Harold and Robert, sisters Olava and Helen, and grandson, Joshua Johnson.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m., with the funeral service beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene, SD. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Centerville, SD.

Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Lutheran Church, Irene, SD or the John N Nelson Character Award % I-W High School, Irene, SD.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    225 East Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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    *Masks will be required to attend*
  • Service

    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 10:00am
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    225 East Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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    *Masks will be required to attend*
    Pastor Mark Ostrem
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
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Thank you very much my Harrison family!

Denise Bender

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So very Sorry for your loss. Prayers & Thoughts are with you all.🙏🙏🙏

Roberta Jacobson

Posted at 09:40pm
So sorry to hear of Miriam’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sorry I cannot be with you to celebrate her life as we are in AZ but will be with you in spirit.

Roberta Seely Jacobson

Christian Posted at 02:57pm

I'm really sorry for your loss I have all in my thoughts and prayers. From Crystal Nelson's friend.

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