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Obituary for Dolores M. Nelson

Nelson, Dolores M.
Dolores Marie Nelson (Jones), former resident of Battle Creek, passed quietly in her sleep May 24, 2020, at Carveth Village in Middleville, MI. Dolores, Dodie to her friends, was 91. Born in Mt. Morris, MI on March 8th, 1929, Dodie outlived her husband Fredolf, who passed in 2017, and all of her siblings, but is survived by her greatest treasures, 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. The 4 children are Lynn Boivin (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont), Garry (Topeka, KS), Brian (Portage, MI), and Bruce (Caledonia, MI). Preceding her were her parents but also her special relationships with her grandmother Mary Catherine Jones and Uncle John Ziegler of Unionville, MI. As a child, her fondest times were spending her summers with these two favorite people. She moved to Milakokia Lake in the UP with her family in 1944, and graduated from Manistique High School in 1947. Known as “The Green Hornet” to her friends for her driving style, she quickly became friends with Bill Bowman, and that friendship remained close enough through their lives to fool at least one Bowman child that she was their aunt. In 1947, she met Fredolf Nelson of Gulliver on his Harley and asked for a ride. Once she got on, she never got off and the ride lasted 70 years. On March 28, 1948 they were married in Battle Creek and that became their home for the next 45 years. Ridgewood Drive, Wattles Park, Harper Creek, Stetler Realty, and 1st Wesleyan Church all became her home. Joan Bell, Melva Zaharian, Helen Davis, Joan Stringer, Betty Jones, and Geri Davis all became her friends. Cinnamon rolls, fresh baked bread, trips to the UP, and never giving up all became her trademark. She was not the star of the show, she was the stage manager. She was not the playwright, she was the director. She managed and nurtured her 4 actors, coaching them on what it meant to be honest, truthful, and faithful. She rejoiced in their successes and put a band-aid on their stumbles. She was a great mom, her number 1 goal in life, and as her children, we rejoice that she joins her special husband, friends, and relatives in a better place. See you soon, mom. Lynn, Garry, Brian, Bruce and 21 more. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Dolores’ family