Gloria Jean (Pate) Nelson, 80, passed away at Niobrara Community Hospital on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Gloria was born on July 8, 1940 to Oliver (Tod) and Elouise Pate in McCook, Nebraska. In 1947 Gloria moved with her parents and 2 sisters to Niobrara County in Wyoming. She attended rural elementary schools in northern Niobrara County and graduated from Niobrara County High School in 1958. Gloria married the love of her life, Andy Nelson on October 4, 1958. She and Andy were married for 57 years at the time of his passing in October 2015. Andy and Gloria built a life together ranching in Niobrara County; purchasing their Manville Ranch in 1961. Their pride and joy were their two sons, Tod Allen Nelson and Rod Andrew Nelson. This circle of love grew to include 2 daughters-in-laws, 6 grandkids, and 16 great grandkids. Gloria was an accomplished seamstress, teaching many young people to sew, including her granddaughters and great granddaughters as well as numerous 4-H members. Gloria shared her gift of sewing with many, including making a baby quilt for each of her great-grandchildren, making numerous table runners for the Niobrara Senior Center, and keeping the family cowboys in patches. She received much joy from her garden and her availability to share her bounty with her family and friends. Gloria often reminisced of the many years of teaching Sunday School with her special friend Carolyn Hammond. She was a member of Manville Community Church, Mile High Homemakers Club and Tanglefoot Square Dance Club.
Surviving Gloria are her sons, Tod (Marilyn) of Lance Creek and Rod (Roxie) of Lusk; grandkids Ryan Nelson of Lusk, Jeremy (Kelsey) Nelson of Manville, Amanda (Joseph) Martinez of Casper, Dustin (Kelley) Nelson of Buffalo, Amy (Joe) Johnston of Saratoga, and Erin (TJ) Hodge of Manville; great-grandkids Hattie Nelson, Kaydence and Jarrett Nelson, Mila, Avery, Oliver, and Eleanor Martinez, Teigyn, Christian, and Parker Nelson, Hunter and Trayton Johnston, and Braxton, Blakely, Brekyn and Berkley Hodge; 2 sisters Carolyn (Irv) Skillings and Judy (Bob) Ruffing all of Casper, sister-in-law Algera Jensen (Dennis Johnson) of Manville and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Andy, parents Tod and Elouise Pate, father-in-law Elmer Nelson, mother-in-law Billie Nelson, and nephew Brian Ruffing.
Memorials to Niobrara County Fairground Improvement Fund or the Niobrara Senior Center would be appreciated by the family.
A celebration of life for Gloria Nelson will be held July 14, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Niobrara County Fairground Outdoor Pavilion. Please stop by and share a memory or two.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gloria Jean (Pate) Nelson, please visit our floral store.
Niobrara County Fairground Improvement Fund
PO Box 210, Lusk WY 82225
Niobrara County Senior Center
PO Box 928, Lusk WY 82225-0928