Mrs. Eva Mae (Norton) Nelson, 91, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away after an extended illness on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. She is now at peace and is reunited with those who have gone before her including her father, John Albert; her mother, Winifred Nellie; her stepfather, James; her brother, John Albert, II and his wife, Minnie Jeannette; her sister, Marjorie and her daughter, Sandra Jean.
Born on Aug. 19, 1921 in Standish ME, she was the devoted wife of the Rev. William C. Nelson, who resides in Meshoppen. She was a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church in Bradford County, where William had served as pastor until 2006.
Eva was born into a New England sea-faring lifestyle, with her father serving a merchant ship officer and Purser, and a mother who had the very strength of the rocky Maine- New England coast they lived on in her hands and heart, a strength very much passed down through the generations.
Eva and Bill met during WWII while working at the Norton Company, a machine tools manufacturing plant in Worcester, MA, Their first date was for a canoe ride, on which Bill mentioned that they would be married. She didn’t know about that at the time, but they have been together as partners in the ministry and in life, and this past June reached their 70th wedding anniversary.
She served as his organist/pianist, editor of his sermons and articles and general caretaker of the many family members who came to visit or stay, to the family animals ranging from gerbils to horses and steers. In her own right, she was an editor for religious and craft publications, tremendously skilled at many types of crafts and loved to watch the myriad of birds that would come to the feeders scattered around the house. Her favorite thing was sharing in drawing and painting with her grandchildren, and in visiting with and hearing all of their stories and play. Fortunately, her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren were able to visit often in the last couple weeks.
Besides her husband, Eva is survived by her sister, Geraldine Francis Gaulin, and her husband, J. Guy Gaulin of South Hadley, MA; her cousins, Virginia Beach of Raleigh, NC and Raymond, ME and Carol Hall of Heathsville, VA and Raymond, ME; her sons, William S. of Sheridan, OR and Ronald J. of Meshoppen; her grandchildren David, Joseph, Sara, Geoff, Benjamin, Alan and Jennifer; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her niece, Deanna of Chicopee, MA and her nephews, John “Jack” III of Tonowanda, NY, , Leonard of Lititz, PA, Paul of Middle Township, NJ and Gary of Holyoke, MA.
Eva and William had planned on donating themselves to the Humanity Gifts Registry of Pennsylvania, so that medical schools may benefit from study and research, so she has already continued on her life’s journey of always helping others. Arrangements have been made for this by the Sheldon Funeral Home of Meshoppen. There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held in the coming weeks at the Beaver Meadows UM Church at the convenience of the family, following announcements by both the church and family.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation may do so in Eva’s name to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, 5754 SR367, Meshoppen, PA 18630.