Phyllis (Hunter) Nelson, 80, of Surprise, Ariz., passed away March 25, 2023, after a brief illness.
She was born May 9, 1942, to the late William Hunter and Doris (Hunter) Swenson and grew up in Lancaster, Minn. She graduated high school there and obtained her LPN degree from the Wahpeton School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.
She was wed to Ronald Nelson in 1962 and together they raised two daughters, Kimberly and Kristi, and enjoyed a long-lasting, 60-year marriage.
Phyllis spent many years working as an LPN in the health care industry, then together with her husband, they owned and operated Dalen’s Resort in Birchwood, Wis., for many more years.
In retirement, she and her husband followed their children and grandchildren to the warmer climates of Arizona where they’ve resided in an active retirement community. Phyllis enjoyed the many games and activities of the retirement park but one of her favorite pastimes seemed to be collecting people. She would strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, and never seemed to forget a name. Her other favorite pastime was, of course, the time spent with her great-grandbabies and family.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ron; daughters, Kimberly (Joseph) Haskins and Kristi Gardner; grandchildren, Jasmine (Kevin) Richards, Jacob Gardner, and Jade (Michael) Jenkins; great-grandchildren Breydan Drescher, Kaiden Richards, Alexa Richards, Kinley Drescher, Declan Richards, Maya Jenkins, Mila Jenkins and bonus great-grandchildren Karley and Beau Kelley; brother, Larry (Ann) Hunter; sisters, Shirley (Perry) Pearson and Carley (John) Stenquist; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Robert) Stanger, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by both parents; stepfather, Carl Swenson; sisters, Carol Jean (Glad) Dahlquist and Connie (Swenson) Bergeson; and great-grandson, Jett Jaxx Gardner.
Phyllis was a member of the Lutheran faith and churches in the various communities she lived in. A memorial service will be performed with the communal services done at their retirement community, at a date to be determined.
We will dearly miss our loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother.