Mildred “Millie” Clara Nelson, 89, died Sunday Jan.20,2013 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids, Minn.
A gravesite service at the Clear Lake Cemetery Clear Lake, Minn. will be June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m., followed by a gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Millie Nelson at her daughter’s home.
Millie was born March 31,1923, on the family farm in McKenzie County, North Dakota, to Erick and Rena (Holme) Nordeng. Mildred was baptized, confirmed, and married at the Banks Lutheran Church. She attended the Wilcox School and graduated from Watford City High School. She was active in 4-H and earned two trips to the State fair where she did win a state prize for sewing. She graduated from NDSU with a BS degree in Home Economics.
Her first job was as the Chippewa County 4-H Extension agent in Montevideo, Minn. There, she met her husband, Walter F. Nelson, whom she married July31,1949. He died in 1977. Millie taught school in Lake Crystal, Rush City, St. Paul and Coon Rapids, Minn. Walt and Millie enjoyed camping, dancing, playing cards and entertaining- she was an excellent cook.
Millie married Pete Eikren and lived in Alexander, N.D., for three years. After her divorce, she moved to St. Cloud to be near her daughter and family.
Millie held various jobs in St. Cloud including working at Sam’s club and the Americanna Inn. Millie’s priorities in life were family, faith, and friends. Her family was very important to her, not wanting to miss any special event of her grandkids nor of her nieces/nephews. She was active in Atonement Lutheran Church and Whitney Senior Center as well as other organizations in St. Cloud. She was a “people-person”- enjoying dancing, old time music, playing cards, doing crafts, and traveling. She was proud of being a Norwegian and being from North Dakota.
Millie is survived by her daughter, Linda (Rodney) Kozak, St. Cloud; grandchildren, Amy, Brandon, and Travis; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walt; son, Mark; sister, Tilda Berge; and brothers- Enoch, Alfred, Morris.
The family would like to thank the staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and at St. Croix Hospice.