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“We were sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a very special lady and alwayshad a smile and kind word. Prayers to your family. Buster ...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Marlene (Thomas) Schuiling

“Tressa was such a wonderful lady and it was a joy to talk to her. She had such a way to make us feel so much better after spending time with her. ...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Merrill McFayden - Gregory, SD

“I remember visiting Clarence and Tressa during my childhood years. I loved going to their house, and I always thought their house in Gregory was huge...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Vicki Kubik Hubner - Mitchell, SD

“The memories I have with the Nelson family will be cherished forever! Coming home after school and seeing Tressa rolling surgar cookie dough on the...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Alice Miner - Gregory, SD

Tressa was born in Cedarville, IL on January 15, 1914 to Boyd and Alice (Moses) Jordan. She was the third in a family of four children and being the only girl she learned to play marbles at a very early age. She also had a great love for baseball.At the age of three, the Jordan family moved to the Winner area by train and then on to Hamill by wagon. She attended a rural school near Hamill through the 8th grade.

Then she worked at the Pritchard Hotel in Winner doing clerking, making beds, and cleaning rooms. It was at the Lutheran Hamill Hall smorgasbord that she met Clarence Nelson. They were married in 1938 in Minnesota and managed a Standard Station at Dundee, MN for several years. They returned to Winner to work for Grossenberg Farms and later bought a farm in Tripp County. There they raised a daughter and son.

Tressa & Clarence retired to Gregory and enjoyed being with their three grandchildren, dancing, visiting with friends and traveling. Favorite trips always included going to Florida to visit family, to Oregon to visit friends, to the Corn Palace shows, the Black Hills, and a special trip to Hawaii. She was a wonderful traveler and loved to read the road maps along the way.

After Clarence's death in 1987, Tressa continued to live in Gregory enjoying her family and four great-grandchildren's activities. Her specialty was making sugar cookies for all to enjoy. Tressa was a member of the Helping Hands Club, remained a life time member of the Valley Reading Circle, and also a member of the Gregory United Methodist Church for 53 years.

The Rosebud Country Care Center became her home and she was so grateful for their care and friendship. Tressa passed away February 4, 2013 at the age of 99.

She is survived by her daughter Mavis and her husband Carl Klein of Gregory, her son Wes and his wife Nancy of Sturgis; three grandchildren Keven and Marlena Klein of Gregory, Amy and Jim Cermak of Spearfish, and Troy Nelson and fiancee Mackenzie Mercer of Seattle, WA; four great-grandchildren, Kathlyn Klein of Gregory and Michaela, Lauren and Tyler Cermak of Spearfish. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law including Mary Jordan of Orlando, FL, and Gladys Kubik and Lou Nelson both of Winner.

Tressa was preceeded in death by her husband Clarence, her parents Boyd and Alice Jordan, and brothers Theron, Paul and Wendell. Tressa also mourned the death of several brothers and sisters in-law.

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Funeral services for Tressa M. Nelson, 99, of Gregory, were held Friday, February 8, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer and Pastor Scott McClellen officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Music was provided by Bob & Nancy Wik singing "The Old Rugged Cross" accompanied by Bette Fogel. Bob also sang "On the Wings of a Dove" and "One Day at a Time". Congregational songs were "Amazing Grace" and "Here I Am Lord".

Alice Miner and Jamie Soles were in charge of registration. Ann Fogel and Norma Davis were in charge of flowers.

Casket Bearers were Allan Nelson, Delmar Nelson, Carrol Brunn, Bryan Nelson, Steve Kubik, and Wes Schell.

Honorary Casket Bearers were her grandsons Keven Klein and Troy Nelson, great-grandson Tyler Cermak, nephews Brian Jordan, Dennis Nelson, Gary Nelson, Bruce Nelson, and Cary Long, and all the staff from the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Gregory, SD.