Ilene Louise Moses was born Dec. 17, 1919, at Cherokee, the daughter of William and Emma (Blackford) Moses. She graduated from Cherokee High School in 1937.
Ilene was united in marriage to Lewis D. Nelson. The couple were blessed with three children: Don, Dorothy and Ken.
Lewis worked as a brakeman for the Illinois Central Railroad for over 30 years. They had lived at Cherokee, Fort Dodge, and Sioux Falls, S.D.
Ilene and Lewis raised gladiolus near Aurelia, and sold them to local florists in surrounding areas.
Lewis died in 1967.
Ilene had been a longtime member of the Methodist Church. Wherever she lived she was active in the church; attending UMW, Bible study, missions, adult Sunday School, and had served on numerous committees and boards.
She had also served as a Girl Scout leader, P.T.A., past president of the Railroad Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, and Garden Clubs.
She had worked in several clothing stores and retirement homes throughout the years. Ilene had also worked for 13 years as the receptionist for the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.
After Lewis died, Ilene moved to Davenport, Iowa to be closer to her daughter, Dotty. They later moved to Le Mars in 1974. Dotty died in 1994.
Ilene moved to Sunrise Villa in 2003 and enjoyed her many friends and participating in activities.
Survivors include her two sons, Don Nelson and his wife, Marie of Urbandale, and Ken Nelson and his wife, Karen of Le Mars; five grandchildren, Loren (Pam) Nelson of Grimes, Kelli (Bryan) Ladd of West Des Moines, Christina (Steven) Engstran of White Bear Lake, Minn., Jacque (Jeff) Norris of Alexander, Va., and Scott Nelson of Iowa City; eight great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren, Jenny (Matt) Schaefer of North English, Sarah (Bruce) Phillips of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Matt DeRocher of Roseland, N.J., Chris (Lisa) DeRocher of Le Mars, and Philip (Vanessa) DeRocher of Kansas City, Mo.; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Edgar Nelson of Stuart, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis; her daughter, Dotty Barton; her daughter-in-law, Mary Nelson; and five sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars with the Rev. John Battern officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations with the family present will be from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will continue Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.