On Nov. 8, 2018, Lois Yvonne (Hanel) Nelsen unexpectedly passed away at her daughter’s home in Troutdale, Ore., due to complications from surgery and other underlying health issues. She had just turned 82 years old.
Lois was born Nov. 1, 1936, to Lewis Frank Hanel and Nita Fae Reid in Hood River, Ore. Her father passed away in 1936 and her mother later remarried Cleon Edwin Garmen, who helped raise her as his own. Lois graduated from Wy’east High School in 1955. In 1956, she married Ted Nelsen and eventually had their four children. She worked at various companies doing bookkeeping/accounting, including The Boy Scouts of America.
Lois was an avid gardener until health issues made it difficult for her to continue. She then went on to sew doll clothing for the Busy Bees, a non-profit organization, and to sell doll clothing at various bazaars during the holiday season. She also enjoyed the time she spent with her sister, June, going on cruises and traveling to Spain.
Lois is survived by her sister, Lenita (June) Casper; her former husband, Theodore Nelsen; her son, Jeffery Nelsen; and three daughters, Ca’Sandra Homewood, Anita Nelsen-Brown and Teresa Milani. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Sarah Ann, Gregory, Stephen and Jonathon Nelsen, Thomas, Michael, Tiffany and Melissa Homewood, Huynh Anh Nguyen, Kendra Roberts, and Te’Mera Benavidez. She was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren, Rayna, Thomas, Brooklyn and Isabel Hudson, and Richelle, James and Soren Benavidez; and her beloved Smokey the cat.
Lois will be greatly missed by friends and family alike.
A celebration of life was held at 6 p.m. on Friday Nov. 16 at the Gresham Eagles Lodge. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Mt. View Cemetery, 1235 Tucker Road, Hood River.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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