Mary Lou M. Nelson | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

September 12, 1933 - September 26, 2019

Mary Lou Marie Nelson

Mary Lou went to her home in heaven on September 26, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Birdeen. Mary Lou was born on September 12, 1933, in the Erickson family farmhouse near Pelican Rapids, MN. She had many fond memories of growing up on the farm with her loving parents, Elmer and Minnie, and her adored big brother, Earl. She married Birdeen Nelson on November 6, 1954, and they made their home in Minneapolis. Mary Lou was the loving and devoted mother to Terrie, Larry, and Lori. She was always a hard-working employee throughout her life, retiring from her last position of 22 years as an executive secretary at Sears Roebuck. She liked to cook and bake and especially enjoyed Scandinavian food. Mary Lou and Birdeen always loved a "good" piece of lutefisk. Mary Lou was very skillfull at sewing and crocheting and made many clothes and afghans for family, friends, and dolls. She was so proud of her sons-in-law, Jim Clark and Rodney McCroskey and her 6 grandchildren: Samuel Clark, James (Faith) Clark, Angela McCroskey, David (Kara) McCroskey, Kimberly (Stephen) Fletcher, and Joshua McCroskey. In recent years, she was totally amazed to become a great grandmother to Macey Marie, Ivy Blessing, and Emery Jayne. Mary Lou is remembered by all of her family and friends as a very gentle, kind, and loving soul.

Memorials preferred to Cerenity Senior Care of St. Paul.


  1. Linda Melcher says:

    Terrie and Family,

    My sympathy and condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Linda Melcher

  2. Terry & Cyndi Young says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for the family.

  3. Lisa Lynott-Carroll says:

    My sincere condolences to Mary Lou’s family. I was blessed to have been her hospice chaplain this summer, and feel so fortunate to have had the chance to get to know and minister to her. She had such a light of caring and peace about her, it was obvious how much she cared about people, especially her family. As she shared stories of her life, it was clear how much her family meant to her and how grateful she was for them. Even when she didn’t feel well, she remained kind and positive, which was inspirational.

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