May 4, 1948 - July 19, 2023
Phyllis Elaine Nelson, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister and esteemed educator passed away peacefully on July 19, 2023. She was born on May 4, 1948, in Mason City to her loving parents, George and Eleanor Sachau.
Phyllis’s early years were spent in Titonka where she excelled in her studies and graduated from Titonka High School as a member of the National Honor Society in the class of 1966. Her love of learning and passion for teaching led her to pursue higher education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and later a Master’s degree in Reading from the University of Minnesota Mankato.
Throughout her life, Phyllis devoted herself to shaping young minds and inspiring a love for education. She embarked on a rewarding career in teaching and dedicated 27 years to enriching the lives of students in Littleton, Colo. After retirement she enjoyed a second successful career in real estate.
Phyllis’s caring and compassionate nature extended deeply to her beloved family. She is survived by her loving husband, Don, of 55 years and sons, Shad and his wife Blake along with their children Sage, Ty and Romy; Slade and his wife Courtney along with their children Sloan, Everett and Hazel. She is also survived by her cherished sister, Debbi and husband Ken Spear; her brother-in-law Alan Nelson and wife Anita; brother-in-law Lowell Nelson and wife Kay; sister-in-law Naomi Limburg and husband Bill; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, George and Eleanor, as well as her in-laws, Albin and Helen Nelson. Additionally, she mourned the loss of her brother-in-law, Eric Nelson; and sister-in-law and husband, Dee Ann and Robert Hassebroek.
One of Phyllis’s greatest joys in life was the time spent with her six beloved grandchildren. Their laughter and happiness brought immense joy to her heart. During her leisure time, Phyllis enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, playing golf and embarking on shopping adventures. She cherished social gatherings and found great pleasure in playing bridge with her friends. Phyllis had a sweet tooth for dark chocolate, which always brought a bright smile to her face.
Phyllis leaves behind a profound legacy and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her kind spirit, unwavering love, and commitment to her family and students will be forever cherished and remembered.
A wonderful memorial service honoring and celebrating Phyllis Elaine Nelson’s life took place at Bethany Lutheran Church in Colorado on July 30 and Phyllis will be interred in the Titonka Iowa cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2023. All who knew Phyllis are warmly invited to join in remembering the beautiful soul that touched so many lives both in Titonka at the cemetery and afterwards at the Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Bethany Early Childhood Center, as Phyllis was passionate about supporting children’s education and growth or a charity of your choice.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.