Vivian Darlene Nelson

October 15, 1930December 23, 2019

Vivian Darlene Nelson, of Normal, 89, entered Heaven’s gates at 4:30 p.m. on Monday December 23, 2019 at her home, with family at her side.

Visitation will be Saturday December 28, 2019 from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. A private family burial to follow.

Vivian was born on October 15, 1930 in Stockport, Iowa on their family farm. She married Carl W. Nelson on October 15, 1949. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1996.

Vivian is survived by her brother Donnie (Shirley) Dorothy, Fairfield, IA; her children Rodney (Reta), Fremont, IA; Joni, Wylie, TX; Tim, Normal, IL; Jamie (Stephanie), Pontiac, IL; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was a volunteer at Bromenn for over 40 years, she was an avid golfer and a serious Cubs fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association (


  • Floyd Dorothy, Father
  • Edith Stanley, Mother
  • Carl W. Nelson, Spouse
  • Donnie (Shirley) Dorothy, Brother
  • Rodney (Reta) Nelson, Son
  • Joni Nelson, Daughter
  • Tim Nelson, Son
  • Jamie (Stephanie) Nelson, Son
  • Vivian also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Rodney Nelson
  • Tim Nelson
  • Jamie Nelson
  • Connor Rodier
  • Trevor Lessman
  • Donnie Dorothy
  • AJ McCabe, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, December 28, 2019


Vivian Darlene Nelson

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Sue Campbell

January 3, 2020

On behalf of the Campbell Family, John, Lillian (deceased) (old Riordan neighbors), we send our condolences as they were great neighbors for many years. I got to see Vivian a few times within the last couple months over at Evergreen Place, she remembered me and asked about Dad and how he is doing, so glad I got to visit with Vivian.

Myrna Dietzman

January 2, 2020

Best childhood memories of our time together living on the same country road in Stockport. Our middle names, Darlene, were even the same. Miss her already.
Cousin Myrna

Janet Dorothy L. Bartholomew

December 28, 2019

I send my condolences to Vivian's Children and to all her family members. I'm so sorry to my cousin" Donny". My first young child memories of her, was a woman of respect, a wonderful smile, style, and to me' Tall'. As the years went by I didn't see to much of Vivian and her family, living miles apart. But over those yrs, I always thought of her, her husband and kids. She was there in my time of loss of my loved one. And it felt so good! So no matter how far you are from each other over the years, family, close or far, are still family. No matter what. What a wonderful woman she was. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏⭐🙏

Sara Coon

December 28, 2019

Vivians obituary reflects her beautifully, I'm so grateful I had the chance to meet her! I loved hearing story's about her, seeing pictures and getting to meet a lot of her family. Sending lots of love, thoughts and prayers to the many friends and family affected by her loss.

Gilbert and Merial Stecker

December 27, 2019

Please know we sincerely wanted to be with you for the visitation , but health wise are unable to come that far. Your Mom has been a big part of my life and will be missed. Blessings and condolences to each of you.

Cal Bonnie Williams

December 26, 2019

Vivian we will miss seeing you at our fish fry and stopping by to see us with Fred Myers. We will miss your great smile and stories. Cal and Bonnie Williams

Edythe Stewart

December 26, 2019

Vivian was a fun sister-in-law. Her giggle over almost anything was contagious. I never left spending time with her feeling sad. She was a good wife to my brother and a good Mother to her children. She was quiet about her faith, but knew the Lord, and if at all possible was in church when health allowed. See you soon Vivian...I’m not many years behind you. Heaven will be awesome