Frances NELSON

NELSON Frances Evelyn Frances Nelson (nee Leek) of Red Deer, formerly of Ponoka, passed away suddenly on November 11, 2006. Frances is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Sandra Rentz of Red Deer, son, Barry Nelson (Nancy McDermitt) of Calgary, grandsons, Steven (Maryanne) Rentz, Gregory (Andrea) Rentz, and great granddaughters, Robin Ryan, Mia and Ana Rentz, all of Red Deer, and brother-in-law Gordon (Ruth) Nelson, of Watsonville, California. She was predeceased by her husband Douglas Nelson in January 2000, and her son-in-law, Garry Rentz in October 2005. Frances was born November 29, 1920 in Castor, Alberta, the only child of Melton and Laura Leek. She graduated in 1943 from Alberta Hospital Ponoka (AHP) with joint certification as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Frances married Douglas Nelson in 1947 and they resided for most of their 53 years together in Ponoka, Alberta. In addition to being a loving and devoted wife and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Frances served as a compassionate and dedicated nurse until her retirement in 1983. Frances cherished times spent with her family and stayed actively involved in all her family's affairs. She will be sadly missed, lovingly remembered, and forever cherished by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her sense of humour, delight in life, and her gentle nature and kindness. Respecting Fran's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family celebration and remembrance of her life will take place at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA or the organization of the donor's choice. Remember her with a smile today She was not one for tears. Reflect instead on memories Of all the happy years. Recall to mind the way she spoke And all the things she said. Her strength, her love, her gentle ways Remember these instead.

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