Shirley Nelson

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A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held Saturday morning, September 16th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Williston. Bishop Terry Packer will officiate.


Interment of the cremated remains will take place Saturday afternoon at the Emmanuel Cemetery in Ambrose, ND.

Shirley Nelson
September 12, 1944 - September 8, 2017

Place of Birth : Crosby, North Dakota
Residence : Wildrose, North Dakota
Age : 72

Shirley Nelson, 72, of Wildrose, ND, passed away in Williston, ND, surrounded by her loving family and friends, and under the care of hospice on Friday afternoon, September 8, 2017.

Shirley was born September 12, 1944 in Crosby, ND, to Lucille Dunn and Leonard Sorenson.

Shirley has accomplished a lot in her life, not only did she raise four children on her own, she also worked full time and went to college to earn a B.A. degree. She enjoyed learning new things. One of her favorite hobbies was to read, you could always find a book in her hand or close to her. She also had heartache throughout her life from a rough childhood to losing a husband and a son, four bouts of cancer but through it all she endured.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Gary Nelson of Wildrose, ND; her two sons, Robin Stuart (Tammy) of Ray, OH and Guy Stuart (Sandi) of Wildrose, ND; daughter, Amber Mathews (Owen) of Moorcroft, WY; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, David (Colette) Sorenson of Williston, ND and Larry Sorenson of Missoula, MT; two sisters, Kathy Moe of Sidney, MT and Carol (Steve) Wickham of Kalispell, Mt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins that loved her dearly; her favorite horse Lacy and her loyal dog Boots.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard Sorenson and Lynn Sorenson; son, Richard Stuart.

Shirley will be greatly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren and all that knew her and loved her. She truly was an amazing woman.

The Everson Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.