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Margaret E. (Stahl) Nelson

Margaret E. (Stahl) Nelson, 87, formerly of Essex, died Thursday November 11, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John Nelson.

Born May 14, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Robert B. and Edith M. (Spangler) Stahl and was a 1940 graduate of public schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Married in 1949 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Nelsons lived there for a year before relocating to Essex, where they lived on Main Street and later on Water Street. She was employed as a bookkeeper as a young woman in Denver, Arizona and New Mexico, and served for fifteen years as the Tax Collector and Treasurer for the Town of Essex, retiring in 1986. A longtime member of the United Methodist Church of Essex, and an active member of their Woman’s Group, she was also a member of the Friends of the Council on Aging in Essex. Margaret loved traveling, having visited all fifty states and more than half of the national parks, she enthusiastically shared stories of her travels with family and friends. As an avid walker, she was often seen strolling in Essex with her many friends.

She is survived by her son Robert G. Nelson and his wife Aurelia of Beverly, daughters Laurel Moore and her husband William of Addison, Maine and Susan J. Oliver and her husband Thomas of Fort Collins, Colorado, and grandchildren Erin Nelson-Lavieri and her husband Michael,  Whitney Nelson of Beverly, Amanda Kimball and her husband Jeffrey of Milford, Michelle Moore of Portland,  Maine, Matthew Oliver of Houston, Texas,  Gregory, Nadine and Jacob Oliver of Colorado, and a great grandson Otis Nelson Lavieri. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and dear friend Barbara Checchi of Beverly and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ruth Ann Prall, formerly of Des Moines, Iowa.

Her funeral service will be held 11AM on Thursday November 18 at the First United Methodist Church, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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