Adell Morgan Nelson

October 18, 1926 - August 12, 2011

Nelson, Adell Obituary

On Friday, August 12, 2011, Adell Morgan Nelson entered into eternal rest.  Adell was born on October 18, 1926 in Lynchburg, Virginia.  She is the daughter of Adell and Frank Morgan.  After the death of her parents, she moved to Danville, Virginia, where she completed her education, graduating from John L. Langston High School.  After graduation, Adell and her sister moved to Alexandria, Virginia to seek new opportunities.  They lived with her older sister.  She met Arthur L. Nelson, Sr.  The couple married and started their lives together.  They soon became parents to Gloria Adell Jackson, Arthur L. Nelson Jr. and Rose Lynn Kary.   Adell worked various jobs.  She spoke fondly of collecting insurance payments, walking door to door in Alexandria in high heels.  She was most excited to start her career as a U.S. government employee at the Department of State and later for the U. S. Department of the Navy.  Adell retired after 30 years of service.  She enjoyed her work and had fond memories of her time spent with co-workers.

She enjoyed friends and civic activities as she became a member of the Israel Temple #138 of the Elks Lodge, a den mother and all around supporter for her families’ activities.  She became known for her baking skills and always made sure that Sunday dinners concluded with a homemade dessert.

Adell attended   Beulah Baptist Church in Alexandria and later became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  She enjoyed membership for over thirty years.  She supported the church’s CCD program and contributed to fundraising activities such as the churches bazaar.

Our mother enjoyed many years of retired life spent with our father.  They helped to raise grandchildren by babysitting, picking up at school, attending field trips and supporting them in their education.  Most importantly, our mother was our biggest supporter and believed that we could do anything!  She attended all of our events, talked to us daily about our activities and showed us the greatest example of love.  

Adell is preceded in death by her daughter, Gloria Adell Jackson; her oldest sister, Annie Spencer and brothers, John and Allen Morgan.

Our mother leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted husband;  Arthur L Nelson Sr., a son; Arthur Nelson Jr. and daughter; Rose Kary.  Adell is also survived by a sister, Hattie Clarke of Rustburg, Virginia, brothers-in- law; Bernard Clarke of Rustburg, Virginia, Charles Nelson Sr., William Nelson Sr., Isaiah Gray, sisters -in- law; Ethel V. and Leila Nelson, sons- in- law; James Arthur Jackson and Darrell Brandon Kary; a daughter- in- law, Demetra Gray Nelson; grandchildren; Niki Jennings, Lori Brissette, Morgan Bianca and Arthur Langley Nelson; Amanda and Bethany Kary.  She also leaves great grandchildren and loving nieces and nephews.

The viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 711 North Columbus Street, Alexandria, Virginia (map, directions).  The committal follows in Bethel Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia (map, directions).  Arrangements by Phillip Bell Sr. and Winona Morrissette-Johnson P. A.

Please send flowers directly to St. Joseph Catholic Church, the day of the service.




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