Judith R. “Judy” Nelson

Judith R. “Judy” Nelson

October 20, 1941 – January 21, 2019

Retired from Lucent after 30 years. Preceded in death by husband, Milton “Dodo” D. Nelson; mother, Betty; stepfather, Ray Watson; father, Bill Travis; brother, Bill Travis; sister, Pat Bly.  Survived by daughters, Cyndi Zemula and Kim Lamb (Brian); her grandkids, who were the joy of her life: Korey Zemula, Kristi Lamb (Brian Field), and Kyle Lamb; sister, Virginia Busch; brothers-in-law, Gil and Ron (Karen); sister-in-law, Lindy; loved and cherished nieces and nephews; special friend, Charles Marchand; other family and many friends.

SERVICES: Saturday, Jan. 26th at 11am at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 17007 “Q” St., preceded by VISITATION from 10am to 11am.  Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Humane Society.


Judy Nelson 77, peacefully passed away Monday evening at Lakeside hospital.  She was born October 20, 1941in Omaha, Ne the 4th child to Betty & Bill Travis. Siblings Virginia, Bill (BooBoo) and Pat.

She grew up and graduated from South High school 1959.  From high school she went on to beauty school.   She then married of 40 years, the love of her life Dodo July 9, 1960.  In 1962 they built their home in Millard, Ne with their daughters Cyndi & Kim, this is where they would spend their lives. 

Judy had a beauty shop in the basement of their home.  After a couple of years, she decided to seek employment outside of the home and went to work at Western Electric and did various jobs.  After 30 years of service she retired from Lucent. 

During the time of her daughters growing up,  she assisted in coaching their softball teams.  She was a HUGE fan of most sports, but she enjoyed mostly the Huskers,  where her & Dodo attended home games for many years.  She enjoyed golfing and bowling, and as a family camping & boating.  Hobbies were out door gardening, knitting and quilting in which she made bed quilts for her family.

Her most precious people in her life, was her grandkids, Korey Zemula, Kyle Lamb,  Kristi Lamb and Brian Field.  She enjoyed going to Korey’s football  & select baseball games, Kyle’s baseball,soccer, roller & ice hockey games, Kristi’s softball, soccer games and competitive cheerleading.  Her grandkids called her the “Sassy” grandma, as many times she would stick out her tongue to them. Along with her family she was an avid pet lover, from birds, dogs, horse & cats which she always had 1 if not 2 of at all times.  Her happiest of times was spent with daughters, son n law, distant & local siblings, nieces, nephews, brothers n law and sisters n laws and many many many friends.  The last 15 years of her life was spent with her Best & Special friend Charley Marchand.   She thought the world of Charley’s family as they were her own. Thank you to all the doctors that have treated her through her health issues for many years, and to all the nurses at Lakeside hospital her final days.

Cyndi and I would like to thank mostly all family & friends that came to visit during this difficult time and the support of Oriental Trading Co and CSG International. Aunt Virginia for being there to guide us now & days to come.   I told you this is the way she planned leaving before you, cuz she knew you would guide & help us get everything done.  Mostly to Brian Lamb who has been the man of the family since 2000.  You have been there every minute from sitting with us, getting food and running home to get clothes to bring back to the hospital and feeding the cat, to driving us around to make arrangements. We couldn’t have gotten through this difficult time without you,  and for that we Thank You!




  • LA Posted January 23, 2019 12:51 pm

    Dear Family,
    I send to you my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your dear family member. May John 5:28,29 truly strengthen you to reflect on God’s promises to bring back to life your dear loved one to a beautified earth where she can be reunited with her family, and never have to get sick and die, ever again. (Psalm 37:11,29; Isaiah 33:24)

  • Ron & Wanda Halvorson Posted January 24, 2019 11:03 pm

    Cyndi,Kim & Charley our hearts are with you during this sad time. Judy was a special friend. We got to enjoy. Many happy memories both NE&FL.

  • Susan Nelson (niece) Posted January 26, 2019 7:46 am

    Cyndi and Kim. I am very sorry to hear about your mom. I have funny memories of her which seem a lifetime ago. I will be thinking of all of you this morning. Stay strong!!!♥️

  • Charlene Marchand Posted January 26, 2019 10:42 am

    So sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. I know she will be missed by all. May God give all of you the strength and courage to deal with her loss.

  • Carolyn and Ed Mcclain Posted January 27, 2019 12:37 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mom, Kim. Our condolences to your whole family.

  • Rusty Posted September 26, 2020 10:03 am

    Missing you Judy, Jennifer

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