Jeannie Nelson, 62, of Oshkosh passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 am. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Lewellen Tiger Den with Pastors Kathy Montira and Brenda Pfiefly officiating. Services will conclude at the Tiger Den. Private interment will be held later.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the family to help defray funeral costs.
Holechek Funeral Home and Cremation in Oshkosh is serving the Nelson family.
Jean Elizabeth Nelson was born to Robert and Evelyn Race on January 13, 1954 in Parker, Colorado. She attended the University of Northern Colorado where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education in 1977.
On December 21, 1977 she married Dennis Nelson in Colorado. After graduating, Dennis and Jeannie moved to Lewellen, Nebraska in 1978 to start her teaching career in Garden County. Dennis and Jeannie had four children: Thomas, Katie, Amy and Emily. After 15 years of teaching, Jeannie and Fred Nelson opened the Kaleidoscope Daycare and Preschool in 1993. After 9 fun years, Jeannie returned to teaching for another 11 years in Garden County. Working with children was Jeannie’s passion, she often referred to her students as her “kids”. Upon retiring, Jeannie followed her dream and opened up the Jeannie Bean Bakery in Oshkosh so that she could remain a part of the community that she loved.
Survivors include: Husband, Dennis Nelson, children: Thomas Nelson, Katie Wilson and her husband Justin, Amy Nelson, and Emily Russell and her husband Jordan. Jeannie had seven grandchildren: Dominique, Cassidy, Chloe, Alanna, Ezekiel, Jonathan, and Emmitt. A sister-in-law Ranaee Race, nieces and nephews: Joel, and Jessica Nelson and J.D. Race and Jenny Vaughn.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert, mother, Evelyn, sister, Kathy, brother, Bryan, and nephew, Josh Nelson.
Jeannie Nelson has always had a love for life and those around her with her infectious laugh and contagious smile everyone she met was left feeling a little bit better about themselves. She leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love and endless compassion.