Marion Miller Nelson, 87, of Burlington, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Aurora Medical Center in Burlington.

Marion was born in Burlington on Nov. 8, 1936, to Elmer and Margaret (nee Furman) Tesch. She grew up in Burlington and was a lifelong resident. She attended Alverno College and Union Grove Teachers College receiving her bachelor’s degree in education. Immediately after receiving her degree, she started teaching first grade at St. Mary’s in Burlington.

Marion was united in marriage on Aug. 1, 1959, to Whitney Miller. He preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1972. While her children attended school, she taught at St Charles, teaching second grade. On June 5, 1976, she was united in marriage to John Nelson. He preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 1985. After Marion’s children were grown, she worked as a teacher’s aid for children with disabilities. She retired from teaching in 1997 to spend time with her grandchildren.

Marion was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, crocheting, and going out to eat. She loved getting together on Sundays with family at “Grammy’s Café”. She taught her children to support each other and was devoted to her family, especially her son Mike. She instilled in her family a love of animals and to roll up their sleeves and dig in the dirt. She wanted them to add more seasoning to everything they cook but take time to watch the “matoes” grow and smell the roses. When she could no longer get into her garden she would plant on her patio. She would pull up the storm window and sit and rock with her beloved dog, Shadow, who was always a step behind her or at her feet.

Marion is survived by her children, Teresa Miller, Michael Miller, and Steven Miller; grandchildren, Sharon (Keeth) Furan, Coral (Cole) Miller, and Whitney Miller; great-granddaughter Stephany Furan and a great-grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and daughter, Kristine McClellan.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital and Aurora Burlington Medical Center on the second floor. They would also like to thank Aurora at Home and especially Alisa for advocating for Marion and her lifelong friend Pat Strock for all her friendship and companionship through the years.

Marion’s lasting message for her family was, “Support and love one another and stick together.”

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. at Schuette Daniels Funeral Home. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Thursday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery following the service.

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