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Mary Eloise Nelson

May 30, 1942 — January 30, 2021

Mary Eloise Nelson, age 78, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 9:30 am Saturday, January 30, 2021, at her home.  

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Waters Funeral Home. Pastor Jamie Franke will officiate. 

A visitation celebrating the life of Mary Eloise Nelson will be held at 4:00 pm until the time of service Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the Waters Funeral Home. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Waters Funeral Home.

Mary was born on May 30, 1942, in Curryville, MO the daughter of Ernest and Flossie (Blanset) Maiden.

She was united in marriage to Fred W. Nelson on June 17, 1960 in Curryville, MO. Fred survives her of the home. 

Other survivors included her children, Allen (Cheryl) Nelson of Auxvasse, MO, Russell (Caroline) Nelson of Branson, MO and Lavanna Templeman of Bowling Green, MO; two sisters, AJ Hickerson of Florissant, MO and JoAnn Powers of Oklahoma; three granddaughters, Megan Admier, Kami Coulter and Scarlett Templeman; two great-granddaughters, Madyson and Leilani. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Albert Maiden, Bennett Maiden and Robert Maiden. 

Mary was a member of  First Christian Church in Vandalia and enjoyed quilting, canning, gardening and camping. She was a homemaker and spent a lot of time as a den mother for the local boy scouts and girl scouts. She often made her children costumes for them to dress up in when they were children and loved to make dresses for her grand children. During the Christmas holidays Mary was often found spending time in the kitchen making candies for the family. Mary loved her children, grand children and great grand daughters and will be missed by everyone who knew her. 

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church 205 W Park St., Vandalia, MO, 63382. 

Online condolences may be made to the family on Mary's memorial page at

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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