Lila Marie Nelson
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April 2, 25 ~ September 3, 2016

Lila Marie Nelson passed away peacefully in Vancouver, Washington on September 3, 2016. She was born in Pasco, Washington to Ben and Ina Wines.

Once graduated from high school, Lila moved to Portland to begin an exciting life in the 'big city'. First living at the YWCA, she soon found a room at historic Martha Washington Hotel for Women and enjoying life as 'one of the girls' when she met her true love, Howard Nelson. They were married in Portland in 1948.

By 1958, Howard had accepted a job as chemist at Martin Marietta and Howard, Lila with their 3 boys: Bryan, Brent, and Barry moved to The Dalles. Lila's mother, Ina, also lived with them enabling Lila to take a position first with J. C. Penny and later with the Army Corps of Engineers. She retired in 1988 after 23 years, her final position being an Administrative Officer on The Dalles John Day Dam Project.

In 1992, Lila moved to Vancouver, Washington to be near her son Barry and former wife, Diane. Barry and Diane's children, Taylor and Bobby, were a very special joy to Lila and the relationship was special right to the very end.

In life, Lila was a vibrant woman with a wide smile and a wicked sense of humor. She enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, and gardening. And her skills in the kitchen, especially her cinnamon rolls, German chocolate cake, and cookies, will be sorely missed.

Preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1983, Lila is survived by her sons, Bryan J. Nelson of Vancouver, Brent E. Nelson and wife Libby of San Francisco, and Barry L. Nelson of Vancouver; her niece, Marla Contini of Seattle; nephew, Dave Carlson of Wapato, WA; niece, Nancee Wines of Albany; nephew, Kevin Wines of Albany; as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation,
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 2, 2016.
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