Donna B. Nelson, 88 of Las Vegas, formerly of Fort Dodge passed away October 1, 2018 in Las Vegas.

A visitation will be held Saturday, October 20th at 10 a.m. with a service starting at 11 a.m., both at First Baptist Church in Fort Dodge.

Donna was born to Louis and Florence Marchand on July 28, 1930 in Milford, Iowa.

She was married to Harold M. Nelson on June 1, 1950 in Milford. They moved to Fort Dodge in 1953. They had four children and were married for 31 years before Harold’s death.

Donna was a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Dodge for more than 50 years and was a staple of the Children’s Ministry there; her kindness, patience and love of the Lord influenced the lives of hundreds of children. She also worked as an in-home daycare provider.

Donna loved knitting, bowling, puzzles and sending cards to loved ones.

She spent the last year of her life living in Las Vegas near her daughter Sandi.

Donna is survived by her children: Patti (Steve) Green of Iowa City, Sandi (Larry) Holden of Las Vegas, Tom (Heidi) Nelson of Fort Dodge and Julie (Kevin) Bower of Glendale, AZ; grandchildren: Doug (Mindy) Green, Mike Green, Mallory Holden, Alex Holden, Aaron Holden, Molly Nelson (Kole Petersen), Becca Nelson, Seth Nelson, Jill (Terry) DeBell, Jen (Erik) Pedersen and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her three siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Fort Dodge First Baptist Church Children’s Ministry.