Shirley J. Nelson

Shirley J. Nelson

January 5, 1935 – August 28, 2020


Preceded in death by daughter, Karen Lienemann.  Survived by husband, Wincel “Bud” Nelson; daughters, Kristin Shepherd (Robert) and Julie Muessel (Tim); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, William Robert Yates (Sonja).

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, September 4th from 10am to 11am, at the West Center Chapel followed by CELEBRATION OF LIFE at 11am.  INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to West Hills Church.

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  • Cindy Lienemann Rose Posted August 31, 2020 11:13 am

    Shirley was such a beautiful and lovely woman in every way imaginable. She radiated love, acceptance, and friendship to everyone she met with her natural smile. I adored her and always looked forward to seeing and talking with her. My condolences to her her family as I have no doubt she will be missed greatly. She will still be smiling down on you and sending you her love from heaven. She earned her wings and is in heaven now.

  • Mary Jo Sund Posted August 31, 2020 4:52 pm

    Shirley was one of the happiest ladies I knew, she always had a smile, even when going through trials in life. Her deep faith in her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ was her all. What a lady, Heaven has gained a wonderful one !!! Pray for all of us Shirley, we will miss you so much at prayer group but we know you are in heaven praying for us.

  • Audrey A Woita Posted September 1, 2020 10:33 am

    I will always remember Shirley’s perpetual smile and twinkling eyes. As a little girl growing up in rural Nebraska, I thought she was a celebrity. Her presence made me feel welcomed in all situations. Jesus is dancing with his daughter. What matters in life really matters to Shirley now. Our condolences to the Yates and Nelson families as they bid this sister, wife, mom and grandma goodbye.

  • monica barrt Posted September 1, 2020 10:36 am

    She was a prayer warrior and an inspiration

  • Joyce Kinsey Posted September 1, 2020 11:17 am

    Shirley was a woman of great faith & many spiritual gifts. She was a big help to me during a very trying time in my life.

  • Carrie Bingham Posted September 1, 2020 2:16 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Shirley’s passing. She was such a lovely lady. We all enjoyed seeing her at the dentist office. She will be missed.

    Carrie – Office Manager
    Dr Thorfinnson’s office

  • Dave Stuczynski Posted September 1, 2020 7:18 pm

    Bud and Family – I hope you can find peace knowing that Shirley has returned home to be with God who gave her life, and is now in a state of never ending happiness. Though it is very painful now, I know you know, you will see your beloved Shirley again. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Grace Hansen Posted September 2, 2020 1:03 pm

    Our Sympathy to the family. Shirley was such an inspiration and had such incite into the Word as she would share during Jeanette Collin’s Bible Study which she was a part of for many years. We will miss her. Our prayers will be with you as you make the adjustments. May you always feel God’s presence with you.
    Love and Prayers,
    Grace and Don Hansen

  • Troy Hawks Posted September 2, 2020 1:34 pm

    I have so many memories of great times with Bud and Shirley — many of them involving Husker football in the glory years of the 1990’s. Shirley was a gift to so many, including my wife and me. She will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to Bud and the entire family. You are in my prayers.

  • Rod and Rose Felix Posted September 2, 2020 4:19 pm

    So sorry to read about Shirley’s passing, Bud. We will keep you and your girls in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Rod and Rose Felix

  • Dixie Richards Posted September 2, 2020 6:58 pm

    Dear Bud, Julie, Kristin and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Shirley’s passing. I will always remember her eyes, smile and her laugh. Staying with the Nelson’s in Omaha was a highlight of my childhood. She made me feel at home whenever I came to stay and welcomed me and treated me as family. I loved being there! Later as I would see her on Sunday’s at church when I was going to school in Omaha, she would always look for me to greet me with a smile and a hug. I always loved seeing her and felt a special connection to her. I am sorry she is no longer here on the earth. But I know you are comforted that she is home at last in heaven and smiling and laughing with joy thereI

  • Ken and Lynda Dick Posted September 3, 2020 9:36 am

    How thankful we are for Shirleys life! Her incredible prayers and twinkling eyes epitomized Shirley; also, her deep friendship with my mom. Rejoicing that she is more alive than ever with her Lord. Praying for her dear family. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”-Ps 116:15

  • Jim Adams Posted September 3, 2020 10:36 am

    I’ve known Shirley all my life. She was one of the nicest and most wonderful people you could ever want to know. Always friendly and always pleasant she was one of a kind. I’m glad she is pain free but I will miss her for the rest of my life

    Jim Adams

    • Bill Yates Posted September 6, 2020 11:45 am

      Thanks Jim for your kind comments. You mother was always a special friend and cousin to Shirley.
      Bill Yates

  • Roxie Frazier Posted September 4, 2020 10:56 am

    What a loving, radiant, selfless lady Shirley was. She prayed from her heart and was willing to pray for anyone anywhere. It was my privilege to share membership on the prayer chain with Shirley. While she will be sorely missed here on earth, she has left a remarkable legacy, and heaven shines a little brighter with her presence. My heartfelt sympathy goes to her family.

  • Tom Swartz Posted February 22, 2021 8:20 am

    What a godly woman and prayer warrior! I learned much by spending regular times with her in the prayer room at West Hills. What a glorious, generous heart: she radiated the love of Jesus. Heaven is now richer; we are poorer. Well done, good and faithful servant, you have entered the JOY of your Lord!

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