Flora Nelson, 93, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Terrace Manor in Dell Rapids. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Colman Lutheran Church. Burial is at Colman Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Colman. Flora was born Aug. 18, 1917, at Amboy, Ill., to Roy and Corra (Symes) Starks. She moved with her family to Hartford as a young child and graduated from Hartford High School.
She worked for her brother, Raymond, in a restaurant in Sioux Falls. Flora married Silas Nelson on Dec. 9, 1941, at Pipestone, Minn. They farmed near Trent and moved to a farm north of Colman until 1955 when they moved to a farm south of Colman. They retired the fall of 1979 and moved into Colman where they made their home. Silas died Jan. 16, 1991.
Flora moved into an apartment in 2006. She loved embroidery, baking, birds and flowers, particularly red roses. Flora enjoyed her family and friends and always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She was a member of Colman Lutheran Church, Miriam Circle, and WELCA.
She is survived by two daughters, Jeanne (Jerry) Mrotek of Brighton, Colo., Vicky Nelson of Lakewood, Colo.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a sister, Alta Koball of Sioux Falls. She was preceded in death by her husband, Silas Nelson; a grandson, Tray; three brothers and four sisters.