Elsie P. Nelson
June 7, 1914 - July 15, 2011
Elsie P. Nelson, 97, of Walla Walla, passed away on July 15, 2011, at the Odd Fellows Home following a brief illness
for which she had been hospitalized. She was born on June 7, 1914 at LaCrosse, Washington to Harry and Beulah (Horton)
Houchin. Her father passed away when she was one year old.
Her mother married Fred Yeend in Colfax in 1919. The family moved when she was 13 to a farm settled
by James and Lydia Yeend in the Valley Grove area of Walla Walla County. Elsie graduated from Valley Grove School and
Walla Walla High School. Elsie married Everett Greer in 1937. They resided in Walla Walla, Portland, Moscow and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
They had two children, Mike and Lynn. Everett died in 1947. Elsie then returned to the Walla Walla area with her children.
In 1948, she married Clark Nelson whom she had known since childhood. They had four sons together. They lived on
a farm in the Valley Grove area settled by Hiram and Sarah Nelson until 1963 when they moved to town. Clark died in 1987.
Elsie was preceded in death also by her son, Daniel Nelson, her mother, Beulah Yeend, and siblings, Harry "Bud"
Houchin, Dorothy Lee and Patricia Anderson. She is survived by her children, Michael Greer, Z. Elizabeth
Lynn, Guy Nelson, Thomas Nelson and Gregory Nelson; eleven grandchildren, Steven Greer, Susan Dombrosky,
Christian Cain, Corey Cain, Taura Hopkins, Ann Anonsen, John Eric Anonsen, James Nelson, Christina Nelson, Mathew
Nelson and Emily Nelson; 14 great-grandchildren, Nicholas Greer, Katie Greer, Nathan Dombrosky, Carissa Cain, Logan
Cain, Andrew Cain, Nathanial Lynn, Henry Hopkins, Theo Hopkins, Ben Hopkins, Matthew Anonsen, Bella Anonsen,
Isaac Rosales and Max Gonzalez; her sister, Donna Dixon; and many nieces and nephews and their descendants.
Elsie devoted her life to her family. In addition to her six children, she reared several grandchildren in her home
with the help of Clark until he passed away and then on her own. She took care of her son, Tom, in her home until she
was 95. Elsie asked very little for herself. Her joy and purpose was doing for her family. She was kind and generous to those
whom her children and grandchildren brought to her home. Her favorite leisure pursuit was working in her yard and
flower gardens. At age 95 she still could be found outside for hours at a time digging in the dirt around her marigolds
and petunias and pruning shrubs undeterred by her family's warnings about the dangers of over-exertion.
In 2010, soon after the death of her beloved Danny Boy, a bout with complications of pneumonia left her too weak
to live at home. She proved a doctor and nurses at the hospital wrong in their predictions that she could not survive
the illness and misguided in their recommendations that she should not be treated. Her family was not greatly surprised
by her recovery from the 2010 illness; it was emblematic of her toughness and determination to do things her way.
She moved to the Odd Fellows Home where she lived the last year and four months of her life. There, despite confinement
to a wheelchair and other infirmities, she continued to enjoy her life and her family, being joined at supper
by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kathy Greer, almost every evening; beaming smiles at the appearance of less
frequent visitors, sprinkling conversations with reminders of her exceptional intelligence, wry sense of humor, altruistic
character and shy personality; holding her infant greatgrandson whose visits she remembered even though she
often forgot others; engaging in Thanksgiving and Mother's Day celebrations away from the home; attending a recent
picnic at Pioneer Park and the Fourth of July celebration at Odd Fellows. She appreciated the heartfelt kindness and superb
care by the staff at Odd Fellows. She also enjoyed the beautiful grounds where seeing and talking about flowers
brightened her life, sitting in the shade of the gazebo visiting with family reminded her of younger days and watching the
activities of squirrels, ducks and birds helped her continue to see and feel the splendor of creation.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011, at Mountain View-Colonial
DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July
23, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Pastor Steve Morris of the Walla Walla Alliance
Church will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Odd Fellows Home for the benefit
of residents in need through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.