Isabelle Lorraine Martire Nelson age 94, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on October 27, 2021 in St George, UT. Isabelle was born September 2, 1927 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Catharine Pancrazio Martire and Frank Martire.
Isabelle lived in Chicago Heights, IL and graduated from Bloom Township High School on June 14, 1946. During high school she volunteer as a candy striper. On October 3, 1953, she married Lawrence Lowe Nelson in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Together they raised five children. Larry’s career created the opportunities for the family to reside in many different areas in the United States and beyond, to include New York, Colorado, California, Idaho, Minnesota and Kwajalein Marshall Islands. After retirement Isabelle and Larry settled in St George, UT.
Isabelle trained to be a keypunch operator and worked for Head Ski Company, Control Data Corp and the City of Idaho Falls, ID.
Isabelle was active with many organizations. She was the President of the Mothers of Twins Club; Boulder, Colorado Chapter, volunteered at the St George Regional Hospital for 25 years and she was a greeter at the St George Catholic Church for almost 20 years.
Isabelle enjoyed sewing, crocheting, hiking, cross country and downhill skiing, traveling, golfing and most of all cooking. She enjoyed feeding people whether in her home or making food for others when they were ill.
Isabelle is survived by her children, Richard Allan Nelson (Eva), Denise Nelson Brown (Kevin), Lisa Nelson Hendricks (Gordon), and Linda Nelson Synoground (Todd). Sister Angeline Larsen (Bill –Deceased), Brother-in-law Leslie Nelson, ten grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren and her lifelong friend since the age of three, Dorothy Kasper.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, grandparents, and grand daughter Jennifer.
Ma was a very kind person but didn’t take any nonsense from of anyone. She was a gracious hostess to the very end – even when she was weak and could barely talk she would offer refreshments to her friends. Ma was always ready for an adventure, she never said no when dad would come home from work with a new job opportunity in a new location she’d say “let’s go!” Ma was tough on us kids, and introduced us to the wooden spoon. ☺ We never questioned her unconditional love for us. Ma was adored by her children, daughter-in-law, son-in-laws, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will be forever in our hearts and missed dearly.
Funeral services will be Tuesday November 2, 2021, 11:00 am at the St George Catholic Church 259 West 200 North, St George, UT 84770. 435-673-2604.
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