Note: Salem Special, Salem, SD 25 Sept. 1997 Funeral services for Gladys H. Nelson were held Sept 22, 1997 in Salem Lutheran Church, Salem, SD. Rev. Jeff Hansen officiated at the service. Burial was in the Colman Cemetery, Colman, SD. Pallbearers were Brian Nelson, Jim Nelson, Jason Munzke, Chris Munzke, Jonathan Nelson, Steven Nelson, Jeff Jordahl, and Jerry Jordahl. Gladys H. Ambroson, daughter of George and Signe (Napper) Ambroson, was born March 11, 1910 in Colman, SD. She grew up and attended school in Moody County and on September 26, 1928 she married James C. Nelson in Colman. They farmed in Moody County until 1945 when they moved to Salem, SD. While living in Salem Gladys was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, sang in the church choir, and taught Sunday school. She also sang in the Easter Cantata for many years. They later moved to a farm near Center, SD where they spent the rest of their married lives. Her husband died in 1978. She continued to live on the farm until 1993 when she suffered a fall and moved into Colonial Manor for four months. She later moved to the Salem Apartments and spent the rest of her life there. Gladys died on September 18, 1997 at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD having reached the age of 87 years, 6 months, and 7 days. She was a 40 year member of the Salem Lutheran Church at Center, was a member of the WELCA group at the church, was a Sunday school teacher and choir member at the church, and was a member of the Unityville Homemakers Extension Club. Survivors include; three sons, Robert of Edgemont, SD; David and wife Pat of Fennimore, Wisconsin; and Richard and wife Rosella of Salem, SD; two daughters, Naomi Dorale and husband Walt of Salem, SD; and Janice Deal and husband Terry of Monument, Colorado; 15 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Bell of Flandreau, SD; and Hazel Ambroson of Phoenix, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one infant son, two grandsons, one granddaughter, three brothers and two sisters.
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