Della Lucille Nelson was
born in Heyburn, Id on May 14, 1927, to Emil B Pearson and Fern Esther Newbold.
She passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2018, at a Boise care facility.
Della’s early years were
spent in Rupert, Id, where she attended school through the 8
grade. The following year, her family moved to Eden, Id, where Della attended
high school, graduating in 1945. Soon thereafter, she began working at the
Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp at Hunt, Id. She gained great satisfaction
from her work, as well as a deep respect for the Japanese interred there. Della
and a good friend were later transferred to the Naval Air Station in Kodiak,
Alaska, where they were employed for a year. Again, Della enjoyed her work and
the many opportunities she had to socialize, sing in a choir and go to dances.
her time in Alaska, Della moved to Boise where she was employed by Prudential
Mortgage Company. She met Ken Nelson the same year, and they were married in
1948. Over the next decade, they were blessed with three children: Michael,
Suzanne and Sheri. Della chose to be a stay at home Mom, and was very involved
in her children’s activities. She was a 4-H leader for many years, and was also
a beautiful seamstress; sewing many of her children’s clothes and various
returned to work in 1973, as Chief Clerk at the Idaho Tax Commission; a
position she held for 14 years. She spoke fondly of these years, commenting on
how much she enjoyed her work and the friendships she made along the way.
1983 and 1987, respectively, Della and Ken were blessed with two grandsons:
Adam and Kevin Nelson. Della’s love for them was unending, and she thoroughly
enjoyed the time they spent together over the years.
was preceded in death by her husband Ken, her daughter Sheri, her son, Mike, 2
sisters and 4 brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne, her grandsons,
Adam and Kevin, her great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Isabel, Tenley and Danny, and
one sister. Also surviving Della, are many nieces and nephews and their
asked that the following people be acknowledged and thanked: her caregivers,
her grandsons, her niece, Rhea Zaldain, her nephew and wife, Chris and Tani
Nelson, and friends, Bill and Bobbi Shobe.
Della also wanted to remember she and Ken’s many friends, for years of
companionship, dinners, bridge/pinochle clubs, travel, and overall wonderful
family would also like to sincerely thank the administrative and caregiver
staffs at Morningstar Senior Living in Boise, and the nurses from Keystone
Hospice for their care and
had such a sweet spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor. She was genuinely
loved and admired by everyone who knew her. She will be forever remembered and
missed by her family and friends.
services will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 10:00 am, at Alden-Waggoner
Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Avenue, Boise. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to a favorite charity.