Elizabeth "Betty" Mary (Braun) Nelson, 93, died October 30, 2011 with her family at her side under the care of Hospice and the staff of the St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge, MN. The visitation is Friday, November 4 at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with a rosary at 7:00 pm. The funeral is at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 am. Father Kenneth Popp is officiating. Interment is at Riverside Cemetery, Breckenridge, MN.
Betty, daughter of William J. and Dorothy (Carr) Braun was born September 24, 1918 in Breckenridge, MN. She graduated from Wahpeton High School and attended North Dakota State School of Science. She married Sherman Nelson of Breckenridge on April 1, 1942.
During her early years she was a drum major and a gymnast. She was a gymnastics grand prize winner at the World's Fair in Chicago. After attending Science School she worked in a dental office, the Richland County Court House, and later as a bookkeeper for Braun's Super Service in Wahpeton.
Betty's cooking was sought after by her extended family, especially her candy making; fudge, toffee, and divinity. People loved her fabulous pie crusts and pies. She generously gave away her sweet delicacies.
Most of all Betty cared for her husband for many years after he suffered a stroke 1965 until he passed away in 1994.
She was a wonderful woman who gave to her family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Sherman, brothers Evans, Matt, John and William and grandson Sherman James Nelson. She is survived by her sons Sherman (Mary Green) of Jacobson, MN and their children Leif, Christopher, Michelle and Julie; William, of Breckenridge and his children Todd and Corrine; Michael (Barbara Hooge) of Breckenridge, MN and their children Jennifer, Troy, and Sara; Maureen (John) Foley of Rochert, MN and their children Erin, Nathan, and Tara; Kathryn (Rick) Dean of Fergus Falls, MN and their children Cameron, Casey, and Caylie. 13 great- grandchildren Stephanie Nelson, Kaitlyn and Bailey Nelson, Logan and Drew Devereaux, Alexandra and Jack Boucher, Jade and Levi Biewer, William and Isaac Hasbargen, and Kyra and Sam Miller. Betty is also survived by her sister Theresa Thompson and her brother Thomas Braun.