Katherine Nelson Obituary

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Katherine Simmons Nelson

October 26, 1924 - March 21, 2013
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NELSON, KATHERINE THELMA SIMMONS DOWNS age 88, went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2013. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 26,1924 to Richard E. and Marion Jackson Simmons Sr. who both predeceased her. She was blessed to have a wonderful younger brother, Richard E. Simmons, Jr. who also predeceased her. Katherine graduated from Sophie Newcombe College (Tulane University) and did graduate research at MIT. She raised eight children: James "Andy" Downs,who predeceased her, Gilmer P. Nelson, Harriet Nelson Harkins McElroy (John), James Keith S. Nelson, John G. Downs (Jessica), Wayne B. Nelson III (Cheryl), Richard J....
NELSON, KATHERINE THELMA SIMMONS DOWNS age 88, went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2013. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 26,1924 to Richard E. and Marion Jackson Simmons Sr. who both predeceased her. She was blessed to have a wonderful younger brother, Richard E. Simmons, Jr. who also predeceased her. Katherine graduated from Sophie Newcombe College (Tulane University) and did graduate research at MIT. She raised eight children: James "Andy" Downs,who predeceased her, Gilmer P. Nelson, Harriet Nelson Harkins McElroy (John), James Keith S. Nelson, John G. Downs (Jessica), Wayne B. Nelson III (Cheryl), Richard J. Downs, and Ralph A. Downs III (Kim), who all survive her. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Lynn Simmons and numerous nieces and nephews. During her life she had many other accomplishments which included President of the Fort Smith, AR, Junior League, serving in her church, and providing loving care for her aging parents and aunts. She enjoyed travel, playing bridge with her buddies, and was a voracious reader. She is dearly loved by her children and those who knew her. She was a kind, loving, empathetic and gentle lady who will be missed but not forgotten. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 24,2013 at 2:30 PM at Valley Chapel in Homewood. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Independent Presbyterian Church.

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