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In Memory of

Dorothea Nelson

May 3, 1923 - April 1, 2015

Obituary


Dorothea Potter Nelson, 91 years and a resident of West Yarmouth, died April 1, 2015 at her home at Mayflower Place after a short illness. She was a proud, direct descendent of Nathaniel Potter who arrived in Rhode Island in 1636. She was married to Robert A. Nelson, Sr. for 68 years.

Born and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., Mrs. Nelson graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1941 and Ridgewood Secretarial School in 1942. She worked as a secretary at Wright Aeronautical Corp. in Paterson, N.J. from June 1942 to April 1945. After her marriage...

Dorothea Potter Nelson, 91 years and a resident of West Yarmouth, died April 1, 2015 at her home at Mayflower Place after a short illness. She was a proud, direct descendent of Nathaniel Potter who arrived in Rhode Island in 1636. She was married to Robert A. Nelson, Sr. for 68 years.

Born and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., Mrs. Nelson graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1941 and Ridgewood Secretarial School in 1942. She worked as a secretary at Wright Aeronautical Corp. in Paterson, N.J. from June 1942 to April 1945. After her marriage in May 1945, they lived in Fort Lauderdale where her husband was a navy flight instructor. After the war, she returned to Ho-Ho-Kus to raise a family. Dorothea enjoyed bowling with the ladies on Thursday nights. She also served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Child Care Center of Ridgewood where she was also a volunteer from 1970 to 1980. In 1981, Dorothea and her husband relocated to Cape Cod where they had first met during World War II. They lived in East Dennis for over 30 years where she was a devoted gardener, lover of birds and the Cape's beaches. She and her husband moved to Mayflower Place in October 2012.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by her four sons, Robert A. Nelson, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Virginia; John P. Nelson of Charlotte, North Carolina; Mark C. Nelson of Dexter, New York; and Eric S. Nelson of Norwalk, Connecticut, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 729 Rt. 134, South Dennis, on Wednesday, April 8 from 5-7 PM. A Funeral Mass in Mrs. Nelson's honor will be held at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stoney Brook Rd., Brewster, followed by burial at MA National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45 PM.