Sally Sloan Nelson, 76, of Round Mountain, Texas passed away on November 26, 2017. She was born in Astoria, Oregon November 15th, 1941, to Gordon Wright Sloan and Geneve Floy Sloan.
In her teens years her family moved to Salem Oregon where she graduated from South Salem High School in 1959. She briefly attended the University of Oregon and then moved on to Stephens College for Women in Columbia, MO. She then moved to Boulder, CO where she graduated the University of Colorado with a BA in Political Science. She met Gerald, (Jerry), W. Nelson on a blind date and they married March 23, 1963.
Sally and Jerry and their children lived something of a vagabond life and adapted to wherever and whatever situation she was in. Jerry was her match in every way and together they forged a life of love and service. Everywhere Sally and Jerry landed, whether it was Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Alabama, Germany, and Texas, due to the numerous transfers in the Air Force and later for Jerry’s financial career, she worked ceaselessly to raise her family, take care of the household and held numerous career positions including Child Welfare Worker in Colorado, Administrative Assistant to the Texas Conference of Teachers in Austin, Coordinator of Internships, Placement and Alumni Affairs at the University of Texas LBJ school in Austin, Business Manager for The University of Texas Science Center in Houston, TX, and Planner for the New Mexico Department of Health in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Once Sally and Jerry retired to their dream home in the Texas Hill Country she became deeply involved in the community included the PEO, a sisterhood that promote educational opportunities for women, Trinity Episcopal Church where she loved to give the readings and take care of the sanctuary. She was deeply involved in learning and growing in her love of God and was seeking more through her classes with EFM – a learning certificate program in theological education. She loved the Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department family where she served as Treasurer, Communication and First Responder putting out fires in Blanco County. Wanting to help whenever possible, Sally was known to give a secret helping hand to people at any given moment. She was talking to a lady who had just found out all four tires needed to be replaced on her car and she couldn’t afford to get them. In that moment Sally wrote a check to buy new tires for her car, so she could get to work. Sally was so happy to be able to help and give of herself.
It is sometimes said of someone that “they never met a stranger.” Sally Nelson personified that statement. Throughout a life well lived she was kind, caring, respectful of and sincerely interested in everyone and everything. Her parents gifted her with innate curiosity, a love of the written word and a strong sense of community service. She was proud of her country, a staunch defender of the Constitution, fierce debater, was an excellent cook – able to pull out 3 ingredients from the fridge and make a marvelous meal. The all-encompassing trait for which Sally is and always will be most noted was her desire to serve. She was the person a neighbor called when need was greatest or, as she did in her last days, taking comforting care of critters, hearth and home for her brother Bill and his wife Bitsy in Wisconsin while Bill was undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic, Sally gave of herself; the helping hand was her hallmark.
That her absence will be felt in hearts and homes far and wide is a given, but the silver lining is her heavenly reunion with Jerry who she lost to cancer years 8 ago and who she has longed for every day since. We are so thankful to all of our family and friends for their outpouring of love and prayers and we are blessed to have you while we all go through our loss together. So, while we mourn her passing and the emptiness she leaves behind, we take great joy in where she is now. God so loves you as do we all, Sally, Mom, Grandmother, Sis, neighbor, friend, Loon!
Sally is survived by her brother retired Colonel William (Bill) Tipton Sloan and his wife Bitsy Sloan, daughter Sally “Tippy” Jean Sepulveda and her son Mark Austin Sepulveda, son Geoffrey Wayne Nelson and his wife Carrie Beck Nelson and their daughters Katherine Morgan Nelson and Eleanore Elyse Nelson. Family also deeply loved by Sally are her sisters-in-law Joyce Nelson Brown, Judi (Steve) Nelson Schwab, nephews Jason (Jen) and Justin (Carissa) Schwab, and niece Krista (Mike) Smith and their children.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D, Marble Falls, Texas.
Sally would have loved for memorial donations to be made to the Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department PO Box 5 Round Mountain, TX 78663.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Avenue H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. (830) 798-8413.