Beverly Elaine (Thompson) Nelson
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Beverly Elaine Nelson

Beverly Elaine Nelson completed the life God gave her August 10, 2010. She was born on a stormy night on March 4th, 1935, to Arthur and Julia Thompson in rural Brandt, South Dakota. She was one of six children; four brothers and one sister. Two of her brothers died at an early age, and two brothers have preceded her in death. Her family and extended meant a lot to her, and she delighted in sharing stories of her childhood and early married life. She met the “love of her life”, Alton ‘Bimmy’ Nelson when she stayed with her grandparents and attended school “in town” (Toronto, South Dakota) because of the unpredictable winter weather. They were high school sweethearts and married July 27, 1952, in Denver, Colorado, where Bimmy was stationed in the Air Force. Two small town kids from a farming community in South Dakota were now beginning life together in big, brand-new world full of people from all walks of life. It was the start of many wonderful experiences, including the building of numerous friendships and a family.
The Air Force was the beginning of Beverly’s moving career…four moves while Bimmy was in the service, and fourteen more over the next thirty-four years as the wife of a hotel comptroller. During this time, in addition to adding ‘mother and domestic engineer’ to her resume’, she became the consummate travel planner, navigator, on-the–road dietician, real estate expert, peacekeeper (of up to five kids, a dog, parakeet, and hamster, all in the backseat of a four-door sedan), home decorator, and taxi service. She packed and unpacked a houseful of belongings eighteen times; found, redecorated, and sold house; and got the kids established in new schools and new lives in new locations… often without much help from Bimmy, as he had to get right to work. Wherever she and the family went, she got involved in the community, in the kid’s school activities, such as PTA, Room Mother, Brownies and Girls Scout, but most of all; she made every house into a HOME.
Beverly had a fierce love of life and the people in it. She enjoyed fishing, boating, bowling, and having friends over for card games and parties. Going to garage sales were her passion along with reading and playing Canasta. She was active in church, school, and community events; always ready to help whenever called upon. Beverly seemed fearless when it came to learning new things… she created her own patterns so that she could sew clothes to fit her slender five- foot- eleven frame; she took couches and chairs apart so she could figure out how to reupholster them; she learned to water ski at fifty, and even took continuing education classes to learn how to use a computer. She believed that there’s no harm in trying; if you mess something up, you weren’t much worse off because you were either unable to do it, or were going to have to pay to have something fixed, anyway.
In 1990, she lost ‘her guy’ to leukemia; she missed her lifelong love terribly, but never let it keep her from doing the many things she needed to do. Beverly’s health began to deteriorate, and she had chronic pain from hip and back problems. An aortic aneurysm nearly ended her life in 2000, but she beat all the odds and survived. Beverly was the ultimate fighter, and fought through pain, sorrow, and COPD to make life better for those around her. She gave generously to her children, church, friends in need, and numerous charities. She taught her children to accept people as they are and for who they are, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or any other ‘label’.
On August 10, 2010, Beverly fought “the good fight” one more time, and with the love and encouragement of her children, finally went on to be with Bimmy and her family again. Since this is her nineteenth move, she is most likely preparing another new home for her family who will join her again one day. In lieu of flowers please make donations to either the American Lung Association of Texas 8150 Brookriver Dr. Dallas, TX 75247-4053 or Dallas Life Foundation 1100 Cadiz St. Dallas, TX 75215-1064.


BEVERLY E. MAR 4, 1935 - AUG. 10, 2010
ALTON B JR - JAN 21, 1933 - OCT 17, 1990

Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton, Denton County, Texas


  • Wife of Alton B. "Bimmy" Nelson, Jr. married July 27, 1952 in Colorado

  • Find A Grave Memorial #7472683

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