Mrs. Ann Thompson Nelson, 89, of Cleveland, MS, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019, at her home. Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Ray Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Cleveland with Rev. Billy Owen and Rev. Will Wilkerson officiating. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.
Ann was born on December 7, 1929, to Grover and Annie Lillian Thompson in Inverness, Mississippi. On May 7, 1961, she married Elbert Nelson, Jr. in Ruleville, Mississippi. For 35 years, Ann was a bookkeeper for First United Methodist Church and Delta State University. She enjoyed working in her yard, visiting with friends and family, reading, singing church hymns, writing, and playing with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Nelson, Jr.; parents, Grover and Annie Lillian Thompson; and nine brothers and two sisters whom she loved dearly.
Ann is survived by her sons, Scott Elbert Nelson and Rhett Barksdale Nelson both of Cleveland; grandchildren, Nicholas Scott Nelson, Michael Luke Nelson, Ashleigh Nelson Chailland, and Cameron Barksdale Nelson all of Cleveland; former daughters-in-law, Kimberly Thompson of Madison, MS and Leigh Ann Nelson of Cleveland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her sons, Rhett Nelson, Scott Nelson; grandsons, Luke Nelson, Nicholas Nelson; and friends, Joseph Crew, and Mark Hargett. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Ann’s beloved nephews.
The family also wishes to acknowledge the following who provided un-ending love and care for her: Evonne Davis, Martha Jean Morgan, Willie Mae Dorsey, Pearline Turner, Stacy Wiggins, Marilyn Dorsey, Patricia Modlinski, and Danielle Modlinski, As well as the many other dear friends and close supporters who remained steadfast during her illness. Many thanks to North Sunflower Hospice for their utmost professionalism and attention to her needs.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.