OBITUARY

Eleanor C. Nelson

September 28, 1931November 15, 2020
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Eleanor Christine Merrill Nelson, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in El Paso. Eleanor had been a resident of El Paso for 56 years. She was born on September 28, 1931, in Portland, Maine, to Ray W. Merrill, Sr. and Beulah B. (Hiscock) Merrill, and was a graduate of Portland High School’s class of 1951, where she was the Captain of the Cadets drill team. She worked at the Portland City Hall as a young woman. She was the third of four children, and was the last surviving sibling, having been preceded in death by her older brother Ray W. “Bill” Merrill, Jr., her older sister Maxine Marion (Merrill) Hamilton, and younger brother Sherwood S. “Scott” Merrill. On December 22, 1953, she married Frank Holt Nelson, Sr., who she met when a friend introduced them while he was sitting in a tree watching a baseball game. Eleanor and Frank had three children, one son and two daughters. In their early married years, they moved regularly courtesy of the United States Army, living in New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington. She arrived in El Paso when Frank accepted a civilian position at White Sands. Frank preceded her in death on October 16, 1999. She was very active in church, and was a member of Skyline Baptist Church, and more recently, Mountain View Baptist. She taught children’s Sunday School, sang in the choir, was President of the WMU, served on many church committees and acted as a youth chaperone throughout the years. She was known affectionately as ‘mom Nelson’ to the youth at Skyline Baptist Church when her children were teenagers. She was primarily a homemaker, but also worked as a pre-school teacher at Johnson’s Small World, was co-owner of Sugar Plum Corner children’s clothing, and retired after 20 years serving in quality control for H&R Block. After retiring, she was an active member of the Red Hatter’s Society, “Betty Boop” Chapter. She is survived by a son, Frank H. Nelson, Jr., of Brownwood, Texas; a daughter, Karen R. Damron and her husband, Larry, of Pikeville, Kentucky; and a daughter, Sharon E. Nelson, of El Paso; six grandchildren: Mark D. Damron and wife Kellie, Kara R. Stewart and husband Jayson, Clark A. Damron, Erica C. Nelson, John A. Code, and Ross J. Damron; six great-grandchildren: Roman M. Damron, Rylan C. Nelson, Eden E. Damron, Silas M. Damron, Liam C. D. Goff, and Maverick R. Goff; brother-in-law, William P. Hamilton; sister-in-law, Wealthy A. Merrill, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. For the last three and half years of her life, she resided at Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care, where she had many good times and made many friends. Her children wish to thank the staff and caregivers at Good Life for the love and attention they gave our mother and for their compassion to us in her final days. A special thank you to caregiver, Valerie Rocha. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 11:00 am on November 25 at Funeraria del Angel Restlawn, 8817 Dyer St, El Paso. Funeral service will follow at 11 am. Internment at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Good Life Assisted Living and Memory Care 10400 Railroad Dr. El Paso, TX 79924

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105

  • FAMILY

  • Ray W. Merrill Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Beulah B. Merrill, Mother (deceased)
  • Ray W. Merrill Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Maxine Marion Hamilton, Sister (deceased)
  • Sherwood S. Merrill, Brother (deceased)
  • Frank Holton Nelson Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Frank H. Nelson, Son
  • Karen R. Damron, Daughter
  • Sharon E. Nelson, Daughter
  • Eleanor C. Nelson also leaves 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her memory.

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Billie Cordova

November 22, 2020

I have many warm memories of happy times with Eleanor, such as playing games on Thanksgiving weekend. She was such a good friend, a good sport, and fun to be with. Sincere condolences to the family. May you feel God's arms around you, comforting, as you adjust to life without her.

Cassie Mathis

November 19, 2020

Dear Family,
Words cannot express how sorry I was to hear this. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, loving woman I have ever know. So many cherished memories of times spent with her. Oh what a reunion we someday will have. May the Lord fill you with peace and bring you comfort as you walk out this journey. We will be praying for all of you. May the Lord pour out His blessings upon you.

Cassie

Jesse Hamilton

November 17, 2020

It's so very hard to lose a family member, be it a spouse, sibling or parent. With older parents, we children prepare for the day, but are never fully prepared when the time is upon us. My love and condolences go with you during this difficult time. God bless dear Aunt Eleanor, and may God's blessings be on all those she leaves behind.

Alice Walls

November 17, 2020

We will miss our Eleanor so much. She was fun to be with. Love, Alice Walls.

Kathleen Chatley

November 17, 2020

Miss Eleanor was one of a kind; she always had a great attitude, big smile, and genuine love of Jesus. She was a very good friend to my mom Alice Walls, and I enjoyed listening to the two of them as they spoke of their families, church, & lives over a game of Boggle. Miss Eleanor was always bragging on her kids! It's been my honor to have known her.

Melissa Hamilton

November 17, 2020

There was never a more kind and gentle soul than my Aunt Eleanor. I had planned a road trip this Fall with my Dad to see her as well as several other relatives, but the pandemic put the kibosh to that plan. I have lovely memories of her and she will be with me always. Love to Sharon, Karen and Frank at this difficult time. XO, Melissa (and Peter as well).

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Eleanor as a baby with her big brother and sister, 1931

FROM THE FAMILY

Eleanor in the center with her brother and sister

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Halloween cowgirl

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FROM THE FAMILY

Eleanor as a baby with her big brother and sister, 1931

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Eleanor in the center with her brother and sister

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Halloween cowgirl

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Eleanor and big sister, Maxine

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A Halloween hobo

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Eleanor 8th grade picture 1946

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Getting a push on the swing by her brother, Scott

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8th grade

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So glamorous!

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