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Paula Sue Nelson

April 3, 1953 ~ August 20, 2021 (age 68)


Paula Sue Nelson, age 68 passed away Friday August 20th' 2021' at her home in Rupert, ID surrounded by her loving family.

Paula was born April 3, 1953, to Virgil and Raquel Reed in Burley, ID she was the 3rd child of six siblings. She attended Burley high school and graduated in 1971. Upon graduating high school, she met the love of her life Douglas Nelson of Rupert, ID. December 31, 1971, they were married while Paula was attending the University of Idaho. They then moved back to Rupert where they were blessed with seven wonderful children all of whom are still living. Paul (Ramona) Nelson, Cindy (Ben) Phillips, Jeremy (Dusti) Nelson, Tamara (Inaki) Barandica, Erin Nelson, Leandra (Austin) Johnson and Steven Nelson.

Paula was an avid member of St Nicholas Catholic Church in Rupert, ID. She continued her devotion to the church until her health started to decline to the point where she was physically unable to attend. Besides going to church she loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved to read, crochet, play cards and participate in Relay for Life with her daughters.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Douglas on January 3, 2000. Paula continued being dedicated to her children and worked hard for 26 years at Minidoka Memorial Hospital to provide for them. After a courageous battle with cancer, she retired in 2010. She was also proceeded in death by her father Virgil and mother Raquel, stepfather Theodore Hinz. Father-in-law Darcy Nelson, Mother-inlaw Nora Nelson, and brother-in-law Darcy Nelson Jr.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Grandchildren include Frankie Fleck, Tasha Nelson, Stetson Nelson, Brian Nelson, Alex Phillips, Ashley (Cody) Lyman, Zach Phillips, Lance Nelson, Ashley Rogers, Kaleb Rogers, Damen Barandica, Evelynn Barandica, Jaydin Ostrander, Bentley Johnson and Kaizlee Johnson.

Great Grandchildren include Kaycee Lyman, TimberLynn Lyman and Delylah Fleck.

She is also survived by her siblings Denny Reed, Mike (Jan) Reed, Melanie (Tom) Haynes, Norman Hinz, Lisa Schmidt, Brother-in-law Gus (Donna) Nelson, William (Billy) Nelson and sister-in-law Teresa (Eric)Nelson.

Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday August 27, 2021 at Saint Nicholas Church 802 F St

Rupert, ID. a viewing for family and friends  will be held  6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday August 26th , 2021 at Hansen Mortuary 710 6th ST Rupert, ID Services will conclude with Burial at the Rupert Cemetery and  luncheon to follow service at St Nicholas Catholic Church. Friends may call or attend services. Any donations or flowers for the family please send to Hansen Mortuary.

The Family would like to extend thanks to Minidoka Memorial Hospital and Encompass Hospice for their services and keeping Mom comfortable.


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24 Hour Viewing
August 26, 2021

6:00 PM
Hansen Mortuary
710 6th Street
Rupert, ID 83350

Funeral Mass
August 27, 2021

10:00 AM
Saint Nicholas Catholic Church
802 F Street
Rupert, Idaho 83350

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