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Nelson fondly remembered and will be honored on August 8

by Karin L. Nauber

In August of 2019, Kay Nelson told me that this was a Bible verse that she quoted many times over the years, “Seek ye the peace of this city wherein I have caused you to be and pray to the Lord for its peace, for in its peace is your peace.” —Jeremiah 29:7

She quoted this verse and prayed for the city of Eagle Bend wherein God had “caused” her to be many times over the years. Often these prayers took place as she looked out her kitchen window in the early morning hours.

“I just love Eagle Bend. It’s been good to me,” she told me in 2019.

That explains why when she would wake up in the night she would look out her kitchen window and speak the words of Jeremiah 29:7.

In 2019, August 11 was designated as Kay Nelson Day. It is to be known as Kay Nelson Day forevermore.

Kay went to meet her Lord and Savior at the age of 101 this past July.

Even though she is gone, she will be long remembered as a teacher, friend, partner, mother, advocate, Christian and so many other titles which still do not encapsulate all that this woman was and did.

She was born November 17, 1919, near Beardsley at the family farm where she was raised.

She received her teacher's degree in education and began her teaching career in 1939.

Many will remember having Kay as a teacher. Those who didn’t have her wished they’d had her.

Dan Danielson said, “She was the teacher that I’ve got the most respect for of all time.”

This sentiment was shared often.

Kay taught at the Eagle Bend School from 1966 until 1984.

One of the memories shared came from Peggy Carlson.

“Our yearly Lutefisk Date was our favorite memory with ‘Auntie Kay.’ . . .


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