July 23, 1934 - July 19, 2021
Mary Ann Petrea Nelson passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Glenn Kiser Hospice House of Novant Health in Salisbury. She was born on July 23, 1934, and was a twin daughter of the late Hugh Columbus Petrea and his wife, Rose Smith Petrea. Her twin sister was named Margaret Rose but lived less than seventy-two hours due to complications from a premature birth of almost two months. Mary Ann grew up in Salisbury, went to its schools, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lenoir-Rhyne College, and worked for nine years at the N. C. Lutheran Synod Headquarters. It was through that association that she came to meet her future husband. the Reverend David Paul Nelson. This past June, they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Their life together brought them to ministry settings in North Carolina and Georgia. Mary Ann transitioned from secretarial administration to being a teaching assistant for nearly twenty years at North Rowan Primary School. She even drove a school bus. She was ideal in her role as a pastor’s wife and as a teaching specialist for third graders. She and her husband have two sons: Dr. Vaughn P. Nelson (Dr. Eva) of Salisbury and Ken-Erik Nelson (Erica) of Indian Trail, N. C. Her grandchildren are Erika Schappell of Nashville, Davis Nelson of Chicago, Dalton Nelson of Charlotte, and Perry and Fern Nelson of the home in Indian Trail. Mary Ann left behind a host of friendships, gracious creativity, lasting influences, and much happiness. It could be said that she made a mark of her own, but she also made one as a devoted, loving, insightful, and caring wife. Memorials are encouraged for Novant Hospice, St. John’s Lutheran Senior Ministries, or to a charity of one’s own choosing. A service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Nelson family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.
Mary Ann Petrea Nelson passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Glenn Kiser Hospice House of Novant Health in Salisbury. She was born on July 23, 1934, and was a twin daughter of the late Hugh Columbus Petrea and his wife, Rose Smith Petrea.... View Obituary & Service Information
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