December 2, 1931 - October 17, 2015
Nancy Tielens Nelson passed away at her home on October 16, 2015, at the age of 83. Born in Washington, DC, Nancy graduated from Central High School in Memphis, TN. She attended Christian College in Columbia, MO and after nursing school at UT she began a career in cancer research.
Nancy was an active member of the Episcopal Church in Memphis and was a member of “Daughters of the King”. As past president of St. Augustine’s Guild she worked with Shelby United Neighbors where she met her husband, Stephen L. Nelson. They married in 1972, combining households to create a family with nine children, eight of whom lived with Nancy and Steve. Even with a large family to manage, Nancy found time to help her husband grow a fledgling company, Fiber-Seal, into a hugely successful international corporation.
In Dallas in the 80’s Nancy’s name became synonymous with imported china and crystal when she opened Nancy Nelson Fine Crystal & China at the corner of Preston and Forest. Nancy was also a past board president of International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA). She was a hospice volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis for several years as she continued to work for Hallmark Gold Crown. Nancy continued her Hallmark career working for the past 13 years at the Dallas store in Casa Linda right up to the age of 83. She also cherished the short time she spent serving as a mentor mom at MOPS of Forney.
Nancy will be remembered mostly for her kind and loving spirit. A faithful servant of the Lord, His light truly shined through her. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Nancy holds a special place in the hearts of all who knew her.
Nancy was preceded in death by husband Steve and two children, Elizabeth Nelson and Tod Nelson. Left to cherish her memory are daughters Tamera Tielens, Cathy Lawson (Robb), Debbie Howard (Jerry), and Lorelle Nelson. Surviving sons are Christopher Tielens, Tim Nelson (Dani), and Stephen L. Nelson, Jr. Her grandchildren are Samantha King, Sydney King and Michelle Oddo. She also leaves behind a brother, Bill Face (Jean), a niece, Suzanne Schultz (David) and a nephew, David Face (Roberta).
Memorial Celebration will take place at 2pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Primrose Park Villas, 2519 John West Rd, Dallas, TX 75228. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children who recently took such good care of her granddaughter.