Darlene Katherine Nelson
Darlene Katherine Nelson (Olson) was born December 20, 1947 in Alexandria, Minnesota to parents Vernon and Wilda Olson. She attended school in Alexandria, and moved to Tacoma Washington in 1966 to attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she graduated in 1970 with a major in music education. While at PLU she met Paul Nelson, another music education major, and they were married in 1970. Darlene taught music and elementary classroom in Seattle WA, Aberdeen WA, and Toppenish WA. For many years she taught private piano at home. She loved being church organist at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Aberdeen for 23 years, where she also formed and directed a wonderful handbell choir. She was a dedicated church musician and played organ and piano for many weddings and funerals as well as church services every Sunday morning. In 2015, Paul and Darlene retired to The Dalles, OR to be closer to the Portland children. Darlene enjoyed sewing, photography, genealogy, and passing her Scandinavian heritage on to her family. She loved assembling baby layettes for Lutheran World Relief. Darlene was a generous and thoughtful gift-giver and a faithful fan at her childrens' sporting events and music concerts. Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Wilda Olson. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul, of 48 years; daughters Anna (Todd) Holter of Hudson WI, Rachel (Eric) Matz of Portland, and son, Matthew (Jessie) Nelson of Portland; 15 grandchildren; sister Joyce (Jim) Thorne of Spokane and many nieces and nephews. She treasured the time she was able to spend with family.