Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson

October 20, 1957-September 11, 2019

Mary Nelson, 61, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at Word of Life Church, with the Rev. Mariano Menendez officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Valley View Cemetery in Genoa. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.15 at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday at church, with a 10:15 a.m. family prayer service.

Mary was born on Oct. 20, 1957, to John and L'Nora (Zack) Jacobi in Genoa. She attended Genoa Public Schools and graduated in 1976. She met the love of her life, David Nelson, when they were both small children, but fell in love with him in high school. They were married on May 29, 1976, right after Mary's high school graduation. Their union produced four children: Brenda, Nathan, Betsy, and Jesse. They lived in Genoa until 1991, when they moved to Newman Grove. There Mary made some dear, lifelong friends that she cherished. In 2001, Mary and Dave relocated to Columbus, where they lived until her death.

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Mary held many jobs through the years. She worked as a CNA, activities director, and dietary aide at Country View Care Village in Genoa and Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home in Newman Grove. In 2004, Mary began working as a para-educator at Centennial Elementary School in Columbus. Children always brought Mary much joy, and she was especially suited for her work at school. She worked at Centennial until 2014. She loved seeing her former students around town, many of whom are now adults, to catch up and give and receive hugs. Mary worked at Hobby Lobby in the fabric department from 2018 until the end of her life. She described her work at Hobby Lobby as her “dream job,” as she loved the store so much. Her joy at being there was evident to customers and coworkers alike.

Mary's greatest joy was her family. She enjoyed driving around town and walking her dog with her husband, Dave. She supported her children and grandchildren in all their activities and ventures. Mary made every day an adventure for her grandchildren by bringing them surprise gifts and taking them on special excursions. She especially loved to surprise them by taking them for treats, like ice cream and slushies.

Mary is survived by beloved husband, David Nelson of Columbus; daughter, Brenda (Kirby) Hoffart of Columbus; son, Nathan (Becky) Nelson of Lincoln; daughter, Betsy (Alen) Eckhardt of Osceola; son, Jesse Nelson of Norfolk; grandchildren: Isaac, Grace and Jonathan Hoffart of Columbus, Brooke and Matthew Nelson of Lincoln, Denver and Kayleigh Eckhardt of Osceola; brother, John (Linda) Jacobi Jr. of Genoa; brother, Russel (Lisa) Jacobi of Clarks; sister, Sally (John) Czarnick of Genoa; brother, Todd (Deb) Jacobi of Osmond; brother, Jason (Lacy) Jacobi of Monroe; many In-laws, nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

Mary was preceded in by parents, John and L'Nora Jacobi.

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

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