KALISPELL DAILY INTERLAKE Sunday, November 10, 2002

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Lois Louise (Maze) Nelson, 71, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at her son's home in Great Falls.

She was born Feb. 8, 1931 in Havre, to Luther W. and Victoria Louise (Jackson) Maze. Louise was one of 13 children. She finished eighth grade in the Havre schools.

Her first job outside the home was at Bob's Drive-In, where she worked as a waitress. It was there that she met her husband, John Clifford Nelson.

When she was young she had a favorite horse called Babe that she loved to roam the hills or go down to the creek. Louise worked outside a lot with her dad milking cows, haying, and what not. She got hay fever and it was from this disease that she got the nickname, "Weezie."

Louise always had a helping hand. If you needed a meal or a place to stay, she was the first to offer help. Louise "loved the Lord and her faith kept her strong up to the end of her life here with us."

Louise loved to crochet, knit, sew, do bead work, garden, and can her own food.

Louise did not have the privilege of having a grandmother when she was young. She made sure that her grandchildren knew that they were all very special to her.

Louise married John Clifford Nelson on Aug. 9, 1947, in Chinook.

She had eight children in eight years. Louise had to go outside of the home to work when her husband got injured and support the family. In 1966 she moved her family to Kalispell and worked as a waitress and cook at the Hut Cafe, the Four Seasons Motor Inn, and Mountain Shadows Cafe. She also worked at a Circle "K" store in Hungry Horse as a clerk.

Louise was a long time resident of Hungry Horse, and just recently moved to Great Falls, to be close to her doctors. At the time of her death she was at her youngest son's home where she was surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and her loving children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John C. Nelson; four brothers, Archie, Harold, Gordon and Murrell Maze; two sisters, Minnie Simpson and Noreen Maze; grandson, Christopher Thompson; and a great grandchild from Alaska.

Louise is survived by her children, Clifford and Nancy (Ribich) Nelson of Joplin, Melvin Nelson of North Pole, Alaska, Ellen Nelson of New Mexico, Carl and Cheryl (Nicklaus) Nelson and Margaret Thompson Miller and husband, Bill, all of Columbia Falls, Leonard and Trudy (Olson) Nelson of Great Falls, Karen Nelson Holmquist and Sharon and Greg Elavsky, all of Kalispell, and Donna and Donny McBride of Kileen, Texas; sisters, Eva Ellis of Columbia Falls, Lorraine and Bert Fraley of Anchorage, Alaska, and Audrey Halcomb of Tooele, Utah; brothers, James "Scotty)" and wife, Rita Maze, of Joplin, Norman and Margaret Maze of Havre, and Harvey and Carol Maze of Great Falls; sisters-in-law, Minnie Simpko and Dorthy Wornik, both of Havre, Audrey Maze of Kalispell, and Goldie Maze of Helena. Louise leaves behind 30 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, one-great-great-grandson, and lots of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls. Captain Daniel Freeman of the Salvation Army will officiate. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kalispell

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HUNGRY HORSE NEWS - Columbia Falls Friday, September 15, 2002

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Lois Nelson
Lois Louise (Maze) Nelson, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at her son's home in Great Falls.

She was born Feb. 8, 1931 in Havre to Luther W. and Victoria Louise (Jackson) Maze.
Louise was one of 13 children. She finished eighth grade in the Havre schools. Her first job outside the home was at Bob's Drive-In, where she worked as a waitress. It was there that she met her husband, John Clifford Nelson. When she was young she had a favorite horse called Babe that she loved to roam the hills or go down to the creek with. Louise worked outside a lot with her dad milking cows, haying and what not. She got hay fever and it was from this disease that she got the nickname, Weezie. Louise always had a helping hand. If you needed a meal or a place to stay, she was the first to offer help. Louise loved the Lord and her faith kept her strong up to the end of her life here with us. Louise loved to crochet, knit, sew, bead work, garden and can her own food. Louise did not have the privilege of having a grandmother when she was young. She made sure that her grandchildren knew that they were all very special to her.
Louise married John Clifford Nelson on Aug. 9, 1947, in Chinook. She had eight children in eight years. Louise had to go outside of the home to work when her husband got injured and support the family. In 1966, she moved her family to Kalispell and worked as a waitress and cook at the Hut Cafe, the Four Seasons Motor Inn and Mountain Shadows Cafe. She also worked at a Circle K store in Hungry Horse as a clerk. Louise was a long time resident of Hungry Horse and just recently moved to Great Falls to be close to her doctors. At the time of her death, she was at her youngest son's home surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and her loving children.
She was preceded in death by her husband John C. Nelson of 53 years; four brothers, Archie, Harold, Gordon and Murrell Maze; two sisters; Minnie Simpson and Noreen Maze; grandson Christopher Thompson; and a great grandchild from Alaska.
Louise is survived by her children, Clifford and Nancy (Ribich) Nelson, of Joplin, Melvin Nelson, of North Pole, Alaska, Ellen Nelson, of New Mexico, Carl and Cheryl (Nicklaus) Nelson, of Columbia Falls, Leonard and Trudy (Olson) Nelson, of Great Falls, Karen Nelson Holmquist, of Kalispell, Margaret Thompson Miller and husband Bill, of Columbia Falls, Sharon and Greg Elavsky, of Kalispell, and Donna and Donny McBride, of Kileen, Texas; sisters, Eva Ellis, of Columbia Falls, Lorraine and Bert Fraley, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Audrey Halcomb of Tooele, Utah; brothers, James (Scotty) and wife Rita Maze, of Joplin, Norman and Margaret Maze, of Havre, and Harvey and Carol Maze, of Great Falls; sisters-in-law Minnie Simpko and Dorthy Wornik, both of Havre, Audrey Maze, of Kalispell, and Goldie Maze, of Helena. Louise leaves behind 30 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and one great great grandson, and lots of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Nov. 11, 2002 at the Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls. Captain Daniel Freeman of the Salvation Army officiated. Burial followed at Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kalispell

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