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Garla Mae Nelson

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

LANARK – Garla Mae Nelson, 73, of Lanark, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, peacefully at home with her family at her side.

Garla was born April 25, 1939, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond J. and Helen Winfred (Hughes) Smith. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in DeWitt, Iowa, with the class of 1957. On June 16, 1973, Garla married Robert Nelson in DeWitt. 

Garla worked for the Iowa State Bank in Clinton, Iowa, for 18 years as head cashier and vice president. She then enjoyed several years as a stay-at-home mom while raising her children. After moving to St. Anthony, Iowa, Garla was a member of, and worked for, Sacred Heart Catholic Church as a secretary for 15 years. The family later moved to Polo, where Garla was a member of, and worked for, St. Mary Catholic Church as parish secretary, director of religious education and the choir director. The family then moved on to Lanark and became members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Garla will be dearly missed by her husband, Robert, and a son, Robert Raymond Nelson, both of Lanark; three daughters, Michelle “Shelly” Nelson of Sycamore, Barbara Jo Nelson of Lanark, and Keri Ann Nelson of Sycamore; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Lee of Goose Lake, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Raymond, J.L., Donald, and Jack Smith. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6 p.m., Sunday at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Visitation also will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Freeport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nelson Brothers Memorial Scholarship at Northeast High School in Goose Lake, Iowa, the Tourette Syndrome Association, or the donor’s choice.

Visit www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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