Ethel Nelson


Dec. 8, 1921-Nov. 1, 2017

Mrs. Ethel Elizabeth Robertson Nelson, 95, of Ashland passed away Nov. 1, 2017, with family members by her side. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 4 at Ashland Baptist Church with the Rev. Dave Moore, the Rev. James Lovell and the Rev. Donald Robinette officiating. She was born Dec. 8, 1921, in the Harvey Community of Red River Parish. She was a long time childcare provider for several children in the Ashland community.

She was also a long-time member of Ashland Baptist Church where she taught the Beginners and Primaries Sunday School class for several years. She loved and spoiled all the children she kept and taught.

Mrs. Ethel is preceded in death by her mother and father, Jackson and Lavanna Thomas

Robertson; her husband, Clinton “Red” Nelson; two brothers, William Rigdon and Wilburn

Robertson; four sisters, Etta Colley, Estelle Colley, Ettress Coffey and Ellen Thomas; several

nieces and nephews, Tom Colley, Pete Colley, Waylon Colley, Helen Pullig, Ruby Joy Colley and

Patsy Ruth Cloud; great niece, Kim Goins; and great-nephew, Steve Baker.

Mrs. Ethel is survived by her only child, Jackie Nelson and wife Addie Grace Nelson of

Haughton; one grandson, Jeffrey W. Nelson of Ashland; one granddaughter, Jennifer Martin and husband Donnie of Natchez; two great-grandsons, Wyatt Nelson and Waylon Nelson; one sister-in-law, Linda Bolyer and husband Charles Wayne of Ashland; and brother-in-law, Olan Thomas of Marshall, Texas. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Mrs. Ethel’s passions included reading her bible and telling bible stories to the children she kept and taught in Sunday School. She enjoyed raising chickens and cooking and canning the vegetables her and Mr. Red grew in their garden. On any given summer day, you could find Mrs. Ethel shelling peas or making cream style corn. She also had a niche for making fruit preserves and jelly. Mrs. Ethel was also known for her quilting and sewing quilt tops in which she sold to a host of people through the years. Her prize quilt was the one she made with all of her relatives names on it. She was truly a person who held her family, friends and simple pleasures of life as most important.

Mrs. Ethel was quite a trooper when she was told she could no longer live at her home and would make her new home at Natchitoches Community Care Center. She never once complained. The family would like to thank with great gratitude the Natchitoches Community Care Center Staff for the loving care they showed to Mrs. Ethel everyday.

Pallbearers were Charles Wayne Bolyer, Larry Rigdon, Linn Robertson, Larry Robinette, David Robinette and Skip Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Coffey, James

Guin, Randal Martin, Donnie Martin and Johnny Wooley.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ashland Baptist Church Building Fund.


Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Coushatta Chapel– 932-4047