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Alice Nelson

April 8, 1926 - December 2, 2020

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For 94 years the family of Alice Nelson was privileged to have her as a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and wife.

Alice was born and grew up in Golconda, Illinois.

After her junior year in high school, she left the small town and began her venture into the bigger world of learning and careers. She attended Sullins College for a year and then went to the University of Illinois where she studied research journalism.  While there she pledged Tri-Delta and was elected the president of the house on the Champagne-Urbana campus.

Tri-Delta chose Alice to be the first traveling consultant for their nationwide sorority system and she spent the next year with a travel trunk and a typewriter in hand, traveling the U.S. by herself and visiting beautiful campuses.  She never lost her love of campus or the college life.
One of the best, and oft recited memories was the summer she spent traveling the U.S. and Canada  with three of her college friends in a green Packard.  They saw everything!

In 1947 she returned to Illinois and met a returning GI, Carroll Roger Nelson. They  married in 1948. Carroll Roger and Alice moved to  Oregon where Carroll had done his basic training. They settled in Salem and they lived there for the rest of their lives. Still not done with the college life she went in the Admission’s office at Willamette University and became a counselor and the Panhellenic advisor for Willamette. She worked at the school until she retired in 1993.

But her finest role was being the mother to Carroll Ann (Ken), Clark (Pati), and Craig (Kris).  
In 2007, Carroll Roger and Alice moved to  Capital Manor. They enjoyed the busy life it gave them and Alice was the librarian for the manor for ten years.

Alice had a lifelong passion to mentor and support young students, especially young women. PEO was a very important part of her life and she had many wonderful and long lasting friendships with the Chapter AB PEO.

Alice was a 75 year member of Tri-Delta and attended functions at the house at Oregon State until recently. She just received her 75 year pin.  The Chapter AB would like to give a State Scholarship in Alice’s name.  Donations made in Alice’s name can be made to: Sue Corner, Treasurer Chapter AB PEO, 2545 Sunrise Ave. South, Salem, Oregon 97302.  If you wish to support the lifelong sisterhood of Tri-Delta, you may make a donation in Alice’s name to : Tri-Delta 14951 N. Dallas Parkway Suite 500 Dallas, Texas 75254.

Thank you, Mom for being a  wonderful person and mother!

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Dear Nelson Family - Memories of Alice and Carroll Roger are all full of fun and joy!  It's been our privilege to know them and their wonderful children..  The Nelson home was home to a lot of children other than their own. The Welcome Mat was always out.  And we all took advantage of it.  Alice is missed by all of us who have known her.  Her cheerful greeting followed by her happy stories of family will always be missed here at Capital Manor.    Peace an Comfort to the special Nelson Family.
Our Love to You.     Jim and Maggie Garrett

Love you Mom, no one will ever make chocolate no-bake cookies as well as you did I will try, memories like that and many others will help me keep you in my heart at all times love Craig

Alice was a wonderful woman and neighbor!
vicki Schain

Mat God's richest blessings be with you at this time.
Herb & Peggy Nelson

Our thoughts,prayers and love go out to all the Nelson family Alice was one-of-a-kind Wonderful
 Becky and Alan

I am blessed to have spent much of my growing-up years around Alice and Carroll through my friendship with Craig. Alice was like a second mother. I have always admired her energy and enthusiasm for everyone around her. And a great cook!

Coleen and I have all the Nelson kids and their families in our hearts. Peace and grace to all of you.  

To Alice Ann’s Family -  our condolences to you.  We are so sorry to find out about Alice Ann’s passing.  She was a wonderful woman.  She will be missed.  We always enjoyed our visits with her.

Clark! I will miss seeing you two together at Capital Manor. Your mom was always so cheerful and welcoming—lucky you to have her for so many years. I know you have so many memories that make you smile!
Sending hugs!
Leslie Dinsdale

Alice also worked at South Salem High School in the Guidance Center and that’s where she mentored me in 1965 for one of my classes. After my college, marriage, and return to Salem, we reacquainted at First Presbyterian Church. I always enjoyed visiting with your sweet mother and her presence in my life will always be fondly remembered. Blessings to you as you fondly hold her in your heart.

As a Tri-Delt member myself, I enjoyed knowing Alice for many years.

Dear family of Alice,  Alice was a very lovely neighbor of mine for several years before she went into Manor Care.  I so appreciated her friendship to me.  Ruth Holme

Oh Alice, you will be so missed. You had passion, zest and energy to keep up with the grandchildren and in touch with everyone important to you. You made everyone feel special and valued. Your role as the leader in the Nelson  clan is legendary and you will be sorely missed. The angels gained a fine one, our hearts are heavy but know you will keep on keeping everyone on their toes, and best behavior!!

Alice Nelson was always a "fashion statement", with her clip-on earrings matching each outfit. But more than that, she was beautiful on the inside !   Alice had such a genuine smile, and filled any room with love and joy. I met Alice in 1980,when we both joined Chapter AB of P.E.O. Over these forty years, I have watched her and admired all of her energy, beauty, and grace. There will be a P.E.O. scholarship in her honor, and Alice would love knowing she is again helping women continue their educational opportunities.

We knew Carroll and Alice through First Presbyterian Church, and we so looked forward to our weekly hug from Alice!  She had a droll sense of humor and was such fun to be around.  We're praying for the Nelson family as you deal with this loss during the Christmas season.