Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN


Mary Ellen Kessler Nelson Green

January 30, 1939July 6, 2020
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Mary Ellen Kessler Nelson Green, 81, of Greensburg passed away on July 6, 2020 surrounded by family and friends. She was born on January 30, 1939 in Charlotte, Michigan the daughter of Donald and Marion Knowles Kessler. Mary was a 1957 graduate of Greensburg High School and went on to Beauty School. She married John Nelson and he preceded her in death in 1978. She married Frank Green and he preceded her in death in 1998. Mary loved being a mother and caretaker to family. She loved spending time with her family and traveling.

The pride she had for her family shined in conversations or as she showed off pictures of her grandkids and great grandchildren. She was happiest surrounded by her family and would never miss a holiday celebration, graduation, or any chance to celebrate the people she loved most.

Survivors include: Children, Mark (Cheryl) Nelson, Todd (Barb) Nelson, Lynn Nelson, Jeff (Anita) Green; Son-in-law, Jim Plouffe; Grandchildren, John (Samantha) Nelson, Stacie (Josh) McDade, Steffanie Nelson, Peter (Emily) Nelson, Philip Nelson, Casey Nelson, Courtney Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Erica Cupp, Amber (Kevin Peterson) Cleveland, James (Lisa) Cleveland II and Matthew (Jessica) Plouffe; Great Grandchildren, William Nelson, Alyssa McDade, Aiden McDade, Eleanor Nelson, Hazel Nelson, Savannah Nelson, Lillian Nelson, Nyla Lawrence, Layla Miller, Cali Cleveland, Hannah Cleveland and Addison Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Donald and Marion Kessler; Husbands, John Nelson and Frank Green; Siblings, Jack Kessler, James Kessler, Jane Davis and Doris Fasbinder; Daughters, infant Johnita Nelson and Beth Green Plouffe.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 11:00 am until the time of the Funeral at 1:00 pm. Rev. Cliff Bunch will be officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com


  • Donald Kessler, Father (deceased)
  • Marion Knowles Kessler, Mother (deceased)
  • John Nelson, Husband (deceased)
  • Frank Green, Husband (deceased)
  • Mark (Cheryl) Nelson, Son
  • Todd (Barb) Nelson, Son
  • Lynn Nelson, Daughter
  • Jeff (Anita) Green, Son
  • Jim Plouffe, Son-in-law
  • John (Samantha) Nelson, Grandchild
  • Stacie (Josh) McDade, Grandchild
  • Steffanie Nelson, Grandchild
  • Peter (Emily) Nelson, Grandchild
  • Philip Nelson, Grandchild
  • Casey Nelson, Grandchild
  • Courtney Nelson, Grandchild
  • Brandon Nelson, Grandchild
  • Erica Cupp, Grandchild
  • Amber (Kevin Peterson) Cleveland, Grandchild
  • James (Lisa) Cleveland II, Grandchild
  • Matthew (Jessica) Plouffe, Grandchild
  • William Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • Alyssa McDade, Great Grandchild
  • Aiden McDade, Great Grandchild
  • Eleanor Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • Hazel Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • Savannah Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • Lillian Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • Nyla Lawrence, Great Grandchild
  • Layla Miller, Great Grandchild
  • Cali Cleveland, Great Grandchild
  • Hannah Cleveland, Great Grandchild
  • Addison Cleveland, Great Grandchild
  • Jack Kessler, Brother (deceased)
  • James Kessler, Brother (deceased)
  • Jane Davis, Sister (deceased)
  • Doris Fasbinder, Sister (deceased)
  • Infant Johnita Nelson, Daughter (deceased)
  • Beth Green Plouffe, Daughter (deceased)

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  • Brandon Nelson
  • John Nelson
  • Peter Nelson
  • Philip Nelson
  • James Cleveland II
  • William Nelson


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 9, 2020


Mary Ellen Kessler Nelson Green

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July 10, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Mary Ellen, I have fond memories of Mary Ellen. We were in school together, graduated from high school together and were friends. She was a dear person and friend. I will always cherish the memories. 1957 was a good year, high school has lots of great memories. Blessings to you all. The Lord promised to heal the broken heart and he keeps his promises.
Joanne Bate Phillips

Carol Kingsley

July 10, 2020

Wanted to add this picture. My brother, Vern, and myself with Mary Ellen in Greensburg so many years ago! June 30, 1948.

Carol Kingsley

July 10, 2020

Feeling so sad at the loss of my cousin, Mary Ellen! I know her visits to Michigan with Jane and Doris were very special to my mom and dad! Marv and I stopped and visited with Mary Ellen about two years ago. It was a special time. She was a beautiful lady and I know you will all miss her so much! Her love will forever be in your heart!

Kathleen Tinney-Coss

July 9, 2020

I will miss seeing her beautiful face at Thanksgiving. It will always be one of my favorite memories as a kid. My prayers go out to her kids and grandchildren.

Joan Underhill

July 8, 2020

Mark ,Todd Lynn and family

Have a lot of fond memories of Mary Ellen the car trip we took to Michigan in cold weather with no spare tire with Harold. The times I visited her onNorth st when you were young.
I was her volunteer for her test for her hair styling degree.
My prayers and love for all of you at this time
She will be missed


Peggy Tressler

July 8, 2020

Todd, Barb, and family. Your mother was beautiful inside and outside. She will be missed by so many. Such a sweet lady. Love and our sympathy from the Tressler family.

Budd, June Ryle and Family

July 7, 2020

Our heartfelt sympathy to all the families at this very difficult time. Mary Ellen was such a beautiful sweet friend inside and out. She will be greatly missed. A beautiful Angel gone to our Heavenly Home walking the streets of gold with our Heavenly Father. Love, hugs and prayers. 💝

Roxanne Keichline

July 7, 2020

She was such a wonderful lady.
Our girl’s trip to Las Vegas to celebrate Steffanie’s 21st birthday will forever be one of my happiest memories with Mary Ellen...I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard. Her love will live on in each of you and I’m grateful to have known her.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Theresa Schwering

July 7, 2020

John, I was so sorry to learn of your Grandma's passing. I hope your happy memories bring you peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Please convey my condolences to William and your parents. God Bless.

Lois Bridges

July 7, 2020

Wow, the memories I have of this lady are numerous and will never be forgotten. She was a #1 lady......sweet.....kind......giving.....caring..... Our memories go back a long time and continued on through our adult years. She was my friend......true friend. We had future plans which we will never be able to carry out. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family......I'll miss you Mary Ellen.


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