Shirley Mae Nelson, 91, passed away on January 25, 2020 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana. She was born in Poplar, Montana on December 30, 1928 to Charles and Edith (Smith) Prior.
Shirley graduated from Poplar High School and married James Nelson on May 27, 1947. They had three daughters. Shirley and Jim farmed and ranched north of Brockton for 42 years before retiring and moving to Glasgow. She loved cooking, needle work and was active in various organizations.
She is survived by Linda and Tom Rutschke, daughter Mica Rutschke of Gilbert, Arizona; Diane and Randy Dirkson of Glasgow, Montana, sons Kevin Dirkson of Bozeman, Montana and Keith and Lindsay Dirkson (Quinten and Kaia) of Kalispell, Montana; Mary and Kim Thompson, daughter Kacie Thompson (Trey), son Kyle Thompson of Bismarck, North Dakota, great-granddaughter Aaliyah Ostos of Vacaville, California; and sister Donna Alzheimer of Choteau, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Nelson; granddaughter, Kalli Thompson; sisters Betty Scott, Molly Kapinos, and Glora Sayers.
Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.