Lillian Nelson

EUGENE, Ore. – Lillian M. Nelson, 98, of Eugene and formerly of Crystal Falls, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013.

She was born March 8, 1915, in Crystal Falls, daughter of the late Harry and Ida (Dabb) Urban. She attended the Crystal Falls schools, graduating from Crystal Falls High School with the class of 1934.

On July 16, 1935, Lillian married George Nelson in Crystal Falls and the couple lived throughout the country. After George’s retirement, they purchased a home on Camp Lake near Iron River, where they enjoyed entertaining friends and family for many years.

Lillian enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls, painting and making dolls and doll clothes, crafting, basket weaving and playing cards. She was a member of the Methodist Church and an active member of the Eastern Star and worked at the Iron County Fair for the Eastern Star. Lillian was an excellent cook and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Following her husband’s death after 67 years of marriage, Lillian made her home at an independent retirement community in Eugene where she could be near her daughter and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, who passed away on May 19, 2003; her brothers, Otto and James Urban; and sister, Mrs. Earl Janet Bengry.

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Paul) Jackson of Eugene; grandchildren, Jeffery (Miwha) Johnson, Kara Pattinson, M.D., and Jameson Downs; great-grandchildren, Alex Pattinson, Ailey Johnson, Josiah Downs and Isabella Downs; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Lillian’s nephew, Leonard Urban to officiate.

Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.

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Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.