March 29, 2012 in Obituaries

Obituary: Nelson, Gladys “Joyce”

Age 72

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Gladys “Joyce”

Of Deer Park, WA died Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 72.

Joyce was born September 22, 1939 in San Diego, California to Robert D. and Robin Miller Galloway. She grew up and attended school in Southern California. She then enrolled in the nursing program at Mercy College of Nursing in San Diego, California, earning her degree as a registered nurse.

She and John W. “Jack” Nelson were married on July 2, 1961 in San Diego. They lived in several Southern California cities, including Banning, Coachella and Poway. When Jack retired from the San Diego Sherriff’s Department, they moved to Deary, ID. Joyce continued to work for what is now Aspen Park Healthcare Center in Moscow. Following Jack’s death in 1992, she moved to Deer Park where she went to work for Rockwood at Hawthorne and later did private nursing.

Joyce enjoyed bowling, reading, playing cards, crafts and handiwork, including quilting, painting, crocheting and knitting. She was always an active church member, for the past years at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Deer Park and was fortunate enough to participate in pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem with other members of the congregation.

She is survived by her sons, Michael (Roni) Nelson of Klammath Falls, OR, Robert (Ann) Nelson of Long Beach, CA, Steven (Jasleen) Nelson of San Diego, CA and her daughter Becky Nelson-Jerrow (Michael) of Spokane. She also leaves 10 grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark in 1994 and a brother, Gary Galloway.

There will be a graveside service at 1:00 PM Friday, March 30, 2012 at Pine Crest Cemetery in Deary, ID. There will be a Memorial Service at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Deer Park.

The family suggests memorials be made to Catholic Charities.

Arrangements have been entrusted to SHORT’S FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moscow, Idaho, and online condolences may be sent to

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