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Neva Lucille Nelson, 83, of Akeley, peacefully passed into eternal life at the Diamond Willow Assisted Living Center in Park Rapids Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Neva was born on April 12, 1931 in Akeley Township to James and Annie Brault. She attended Akeley School and graduated in 1949. She taught accordion, Hawaiian guitar and piano lessons in southern Minnesota where she then met the love of her life, Merle Nelson of Clarkfield. They were united in marriage in Clarkfield and made their home in Akeley where they raised nine children.

Neva loved the outdoors. Each spring she looked forward to planting flower and vegetable gardens. She enjoyed time spent hunting, fishing, traveling and camping with family and friends. She was known throughout the area for the beautiful cakes she made, sewing for her children and others, babysitting, painting wood crafts, teaching water aerobics and riding her motorcycle. Her love of music brought her great joy. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

She is lovingly remembered by Merle, her husband of 63 years; her children, Judy Otke, Kelowna, British Columbia; Patricia Resch, Akeley; James (Cyndi), Boy River; Peggy (Jeff) Lindstrom, Akeley; Jon (Sonja), Ramsey; Jay (Kathy), Rathdrum, Idaho; Jerry (Deb), Aldrich; Jayne Hukee, Burnsville and Joel, Park Rapids; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Darlene Belanger, International Falls and Iris Champion, Owatonna, many nieces and nephews, staff at Diamond Willow Assisted Living and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Annie Brault; five brothers, Joseph, David, Edward, Alfred Belanger and Arthur Brault; four sisters, Mae Bolter, Ruth Harris, Berenice Anderson and Beatrice Hanson.

Funeral service: was at the Akeley United Methodist Church in Akeley.

Inurnment: will be held at a later date at Akeley City Cemetery.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids and Nevis handled the arrangements. Friends may also refer to and leave online condolences at