In Memory of Betty M. Nelson

Betty M. Nelson
Betty M. Nelson
Born: July 7, 1928
Died: October 22, 2016
Age: 88
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Betty M. Nelson
July 7, 1928 - October 22, 2016
From: Ida Grove, IA

Betty M. Nelson, age 88, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Sunny View Care Center of Ankeny, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Faith Community Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Michael Nelson will officiate, with committal services to follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa, A Visitation will be held one hour prior to service from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Faith Community Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Betty Mae Decker Nelson was born July 7, 1928 in Rembrandt, Iowa, the daughter of Ben and Annie (Joachims) Decker.  She was raised in Linn Grove, Iowa in a two bedroom house with 3 brothers and 4 sisters. 

On July 15, 1950 she was united in marriage to Vern L. Nelson.  To this union was born four children:  Ricky Ray, who died shortly after birth, Pamela Sue, Michael Ray, and Terry Lynn.
They lived in Ida Grove and were blessed with over forty years together.

Betty was a member of the Winebrenner Church of God. Her passion was in loving and serving the Lord with all her heart. Much of how she expressed that passion was through music. Betty loved music and used her gift to sing at church, and at weddings and funerals. Her love for Jesus always touched those who listened, and also strengthened her relationship with the Lord. Of course, she wanted to instill that same love of the Lord in her children and said many times “I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk with the Lord.”  

Betty entered her heavenly home on October 22 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny after suffering a stroke on October 15. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Betty is lovingly remembered by her children:  Pamela (Allen) Cornelison of Ankeny, Iowa, Pastor Michael (Patricia) Nelson of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Terry (Janet) Nelson of Franklin, Tennessee, 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren and a sister Dorothy Camp of Linn Grove.  She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, three sisters, her husband, Vern, son Ricky Ray, and a granddaughter Hannah McCall Nelson.


We rejoice with her as she is enjoying her precious Jesus, whom she loved so much in this life.  We are sure the Lord greeted her by saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” 


3:00 p.m., Tuesday
October 25, 2016
Faith Community Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Michael Nelson


Lonnie Benningsdorf
Bryan Dullard
Allen Cornelson
Andrew Miller

Honorary Pallbearers:
Own Miller
Justin Dullard


One Hour Prior to Service
2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Faith Community Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sam Miller, Vocalist

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
"In The Garden"

Vocal Selection
"Amazing Grace"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 7:42 PM
“Dear Pam, Mike and Terry and families - It really saddened me to read of Betty's passing. She was the loveliest lady. When I think of Betty, I think of her beautiful singing voice and how she always supported vocal music in the school and community. Pam, I also remember her assisting in day camps and other girl scout activities. Your mother was always a hoot. Again, I am sorry for your loss. ”
- Lynn Albers
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:19 AM
“My deepest sympathy with your family. We loved your mom as a neighbor. When Madison was little and we couldn't find her, all we had to do was walk down the alley and find her at Betty's house playing with Mindy. We loved that little dog too. Your mom was the sweetest most loving woman. She was like a part of our family. Knowing she is with her honey in heaven makes me smile. She missed him so much. May God bless you all in your time of sorrow. ”
- Jodie Hudson
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM
“I am sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that I will be praying for strength, peace, and comfort for you and your family.”
- Marybell Ortiz
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM
“ We were sorry to hear of your loss. Betty was a special person, she lived her faith and was a bold witness of Jesus as the way of life. We enjoyed hearing her sing over the years. God bless you. ”
- Philip & Gloria Sykes
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“From the Boothby Family in Idaho.
Sincerely Richard Boothby ”
- Richard Boothby
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“Pastor Mike & Pat

My sincere condolences to you both on the passing of your Mother. She will always be watching over you now from a much higher vantage point. Prayers going out to you and family.

God Bless”
- Dottie Nies
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“What a wonderful woman I had the honor to know and take care of at Willow Dale. A day never went by that Betty didn't make me laugh or ask me how my day was going. She always told me she missed her husband and I am so glad that she is now reunited with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

Thank you for giving me the wonderful opportunity to know your loved one. Betty was a wonderful woman!

Kortney Daws
Medication Aide
Willow Dale Wellness Village
Battle Creek Iowa”
- Kortney Daws
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“Our hearts go out to all who loved Betty. There are so many memories that come to mind, but one of the sweetest for us, is of a particular Christmas Eve at Betty & Vern's when we gathered around the piano to sing carols and hymns together --the sweetest of which were made more so by the beautiful voices of Betty and daughter Pam whose faith-filled singing charged the room with a spiritual energy.”
- Welmon & Lisa Nelson
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“Pastor Mike - while it was not our privilige to know you mother, we know and love you. The impact she had on your life has left an eternal impression. You and your family are in our prayers as you make this journey. Know you are not alone.”
- Paul & Jeanne Anderson
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“Sending the family our condolences for this great loss. We know that Betty is with our Lord and other loved ones. May God's love blanket you on these sad days. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Randy and Carol Heintzelman, Swatara Church of God, Harrisburg, PA”
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM
“Pastor Mike and family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Know that your Mother is in a better place and is with the Lord. May God Bless and keep you at this difficult time. In Christian love, Sheila”
- Sheila Brown
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM
“To the family of Betty, We enjoyed being neighbors to Betty and helping her. She always had a friendly smile and warm greetings. Such a wonderful person. Will remember her dearly. Robert & Marie Baker”
- Marie Baker
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 1:46 PM
“Pastor Mike and family
We wish to express our sincere sympathy for the lost of your love one. Our deepest thoughts and prayers.
God bless,
Don and Carol Keefer”
- Carol Keefer
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