Betty R. Nelson, 74

Betty R. Nelson, 74, of rural Wabash, died at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

She was born Feb. 9, 1942 in Wabash, to Floyd Franklin "Bill" and Mary (Sharp) Parke.

Betty was a 1960 graduate of Noble High School.  She retired from General Tire in Wabash after 40 years.  She was a member of the United Steel Workers Union, where she was the former secretary.  Betty enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, crocheting, and was an Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Universirty and Purdue University fan.  She was a Lions Eyebank Donor. 

She is survived by her son, Doug (Carrie) Nelson, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Nelson, both of Wabash; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Matt) Maples and Dana Nelson, both of Wabash, Juliann Nelson of Bloomington, Jeremy Nelson and Allison Nelson, both of Wabash; two brothers, Robert "Bob" Parke of Wabash, and John Parke of Richvalley, Indiana; and her dog, Whitney. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, David Nelson.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Phil Lake officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2016 Sep 29