Carol Kelt Nelson, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on
Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the age of 71, after a long, strongly-fought battle with liver disease. This energetic, vibrant, spirited woman will be well
remembered by, and sorely missed by, many family members and friends who loved her dearly.
Carol is survived by her devoted husband, Bobby H. Nelson, who spent 52 years, 8 months, and 12 days striving
to give her all of the happiness they could squeeze into their too-short time together.
She is also survived by children Nancy Jennings and husband Tony, and Owen Nelson and wife Debby. “Mimi”
is also survived by her pride-and-joy grandchildren on whom she doted: Danny Nelson and wife Beckie, Elizabeth Jennings, Matt Nelson and wife Becca, Anthony
Jennings, and Jenny Nelson. Mimi found great pleasure in making memories with them and hearing news about their school, friends, and any detail they wanted to
share. She also had fun surprising them with unique gifts and “finds” she came across while “antiquing” with her husband.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elizabeth Kelt, and her sister Benadean Fairfield. She
is also survived by her sister Patricia Rosenfeld, her brother George Kelt and wife Clara, her aunt Elizabeth Malone, as well as many loving nieces, nephews,
and cousins who, along with her many close friends, will cherish her memory and miss her every day.
Carol was born in Bellville, Texas, but spent most of her life in Houston. She was an active volunteer in the
PTA, school libraries, Girl Scouts, teaching reading to children and adults, visiting hospital patients with her puppy Pepe, spreading the message about organ
transplants, supporting the volunteer fire department, and supporting any and all activities of the children in her life. She was also an avid bowler, tennis
player, reader, and bridge player extraordinaire.
The Nelson family would like to gratefully thank the Traditions Hospice caregivers, especially Dr. Shane
Simpson, Misty Kahl, and Monica, who attentively, gently and lovingly cared for and supported Carol and her family.
A memorial service celebrating Carol’s life is planned for Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at
Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Hwy 36 S., Bellville, Texas.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in memory of Carol may be directed to the Arbor Day
Foundation, 211 N. 12th, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, PO Box 610, Bellville, TX 77418, 979-865-2424, www.schmidtfunerals.com.
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