Margaret Nelson

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:56 pm

Margaret Nelson, 94, passed away on Dec. 24, 2019 at Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, N.D. 

Margaret Ellen was born to John and Grace (Neilson) Tharalson of Hoople, N.D. on Aug. 7, 1925.  

She graduated from Hoople High School, attended St. Olaf College, and graduated in 1948 with an Early Childhood education degree from Woods Private Teacher Training School in Minneapolis. 

She went on to teach kindergarten in Wausau, Wisconsin and Grand Forks, North Dakota. 

In 1951 she married Kenten Nelson of Hillsboro, N.D. Together the couple built their home near Hillsboro where they farmed for nearly 50 years, and raised their three children, Dale, Renee and Jeff. 

Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her nature was to go above and beyond for her family, enjoying all of their time together. Margaret held a lifelong passion for music. 

She gave private piano lessons from their home in Hillsboro, served the church as a pianist/organist for 43 years, and loved to attend concerts of all kinds. 

In addition to music, Margaret lived a life dedicated to serving others in big and small ways. She led by example. 

She was active in the church community and belonged to Homemakers Club, she volunteered, and loved to share her hobbies of knitting and baking with her friends, family and community. 

In 2003 Margaret moved to Moorhead, Minn. There she became a member of Trinity church and was very active with the senior groups. 

As a life-long learner, she attended concerts and took classes in the community.  

In 2013 Margaret moved back to Hillsboro, and in 2016 moved to Luther Memorial home in Mayville.  

She is survived by son Dale Nelson (Kathy), Detroit Lakes, Minn.,  daughter Renee Sobolik (Jim) Mayville, N.D.; grandchildren Austin, Grand Forks, N.D. and Erica Nelson, Detroit Lakes, Nathan Sobolik (Elisa) Shakopee, Minn., Ana Amb (Travis) Goodland, Kan., Lauren Sobolik, Santa Barbara, Calif.; three great grandchildren, Raegan and Makenna Sobolik, and Vaile Amb; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenten and son Jeff; brothers Linden (Hazel), Allan (Laverne) and Paul (Beth); sisters Dorothy Kenney (Fred), Helene Quam (John), Bernice Fedje (Sam) and Wilma Henning (Merlin).

The funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at Hillsboro United Parish UCC-UMC with a visitation one hour prior. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro. 

Arrangements entrusted to Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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