Notice in the 28 Feb 1935 Ida Grove paper:
Mrs. Mary Nord Nelson - ( 1857 - 1935)
In the death of Mrs. Elias Nelson on Sunday evening, 24 Feb 1935, Hayes township lost one of its honored pioneers and oldest settlers in point of continuous residence in that township. For more than half a century, she has dwelt in the same neighborhood. Her funeral was held Wednedday afternoon at two oclock in Moores funeral home, Ida Grove. Rev. H. A. Faugerstrom, pastor of the Mission church at Kiron, had charge of the services. Interment was made in the family lot in the hayes township cemetery. The pall bearers were : L. W. Christenson, Charles Bergin, S. M. Corrie, William Johnson, Reuben Anderson and G. A. Carlson. Most of these men were old neighbors of the Nelson family or else had resided in their community at one time or other.
Mary Nord was born 25 jan 1857 in Lamarp Socken, Skåne, Sweden. She was the daughter of nels and Betty Nord. At the age of eleven years she came to America together with parents and two brothers. The family resided in Goodhue county, Minn, for one year and then went to jasper county, Mo. She attended school for a time in a log cabin school house and later took a position in a home in a small town. At this time her father and brother Peter were assisting in building the first railroad in jasper county. After a residence of four years in Missouri, the family came to Crawford county, Iowa. She was employed in the home of Jesse Denison, the founder of the town of Denison. Later she took a position in the home of Judge Price, the county treasurer of Carroll county.
She was united in marriage to Elias Nelson at Denison on 8 May 1878. Their first home was one mile west of Kiron where they resided for four years. In the spring of 1882 they moved to Hayes township, Ida county, and this has been the family home ever since. She suffered a light stroke on 4 march 1934 from which she partially recovered. She was only confined to her bed for one month in her last illness. At the time of her death which occurred at 7 p.m. Sunday evening, 24 Feb 1935 she had reached the age of 78 years and one month. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1924. The union was blessed with four children, one daughter, Minnie and three sons, Eddie, Robert and Vern, all residing in Ida county. Maxine Nelson a senior in the Ida Grove high school is a grandchild. She also leaves several relatives in this vicinity and in Riverton, Wyoming and Portland, Oregon.
She became a member of the Baptist church at Denison and remained in the faith to the end.