Lois Nelson, 76, died the evening of March 27, 2014, after living at St. John’s Lutheran home for 37 years.
She was born Lois Ruth Quamme in Bismarck, N.D., on May 13, 1937, the youngest of five children of Milton and Grace Quamme. She graduated from Bismarck High School and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., on a music scholarship.
She married Fred Nelson, and they lived in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Twin Cities before moving to Billings. She was active at Peace Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and directed the youth choir. She also taught synchronized swimming at the YMCA.
During her fourth pregnancy she developed eclampsia, had a massive brain hemorrhage, lost the baby and became physically and mentally impaired. Mr. Nelson cared for her at home for seven years before moving her into St. John’s Nursing Home.
Survivors include her former husband; a daughter, Kari Anspach; two grandchildren; sons, Kurt Nelson and Kent Nelson; and sisters, Helen Gunville and Jeanne Tennefos.
On Friday, April 4, there will be a private viewing and burial for family members. At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, there will be a celebration of her life at St. John’s Chapel. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Saint John’s Lutheran Ministries.