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DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary

201 South Hydraulic, Wichita, KS

OBITUARY

Melinda Ann Nelson

February 19, 1961October 20, 2019
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Melinda Ann Nelson, age 58, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Melinda was born February 19, 1961 to Dorothy (Hooper) and Leo Wood.

Melinda is survived by; sons Jacob (Lindsey) Nelson, Jeremiah Nelson and Christopher Nelson; daughter Elizabeth (Reyes Gomez) Nelson; significant other Luis Gurrola; grandchildren Reyes Gomez and Isaac Gomez.

Melinda was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service for Melinda will be held Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM at DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary, 201 South Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211.

Contributions in Melinda's memory may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3450 N. Rock Rd., #204, Wichita, KS 67226.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.devorssflanaganhunt.com for the NELSON family.

  • FAMILY

  • Leo Wood, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy Hooper, Mother (deceased)
  • Luis Gurrola, Significant Other
  • Jacob (Lindsey) Nelson, Son
  • Jeremiah Nelson, Son
  • Christopher Nelson, Son
  • Elizabeth (Reyes Gomez) Nelson, Daughter
  • Reyes Gomez Jr., Grandchild
  • Isaac Gomez, Grandchild

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, November 3, 2019

Memories

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Elizabeth Nelson

November 3, 2019

Mommy, thats what i knew her as. Or mom, sometimes Melinda. It depended on how mad I was at her. We had our ups and downs my whole life. However, i loved her, and still do. She was the person I cried for when my brothers were picking on me, or when i got scared. She was the one I went to when I got hurt. I have so manygood memories when i was little of going driving. Or going to the pool in the summer time. She loved the water, lake, pool, ocean, she loved it. We would always stop at the quik trip at harry and hillside after swimming. She would refill her giant qt mug, and we would get snacks, like red laces and chips. Summers with her are some of my best memories. I love you, mommy.

Karen Nelson

November 2, 2019

A favorite memory of Melinda is when she came to visit me in North Carolina; I think it was 1989. We went to the beach and had the best time. I remember standing out in the water, just talking and enjoying the ocean. A group of pelicans started diving for fish all around us. They were so close we could almost touch them. It was amazing. We so enjoyed that day at the beach.

Jacob Nelson

November 2, 2019

I often forget how young my Mother was when I was born. I remember her being the fun Mom at the school field trips when I was a student at Sunnyside Elementary. These were some of my first memories of her unique driving style which was filled with expletives and the ever too present declaration that "it is the long, skinny pedal." Anyone who was ever in a car with her will know it was a wonder to observe and a blessing to survive.

As I aged I based much of my sense of humor on things that would make her laugh. Fortunately she had a dry wit and held few topics to be taboo. So that even as she was in the hospital I joked about her illness with others without guilt because I know she would have laughed or fired off a reply to make us blush.

I know now that those jokes were a way of talking about her condition without having to actually talk about my Mom dying. I use the sense of humor she helped shape to assist with the grief I now feel. Thank you Mom for still helping me.

Jeremiah Nelson

October 30, 2019

With the passing of my mother we all start a new journey into unchartered waters of life. Though she may not be here physically as a person, she left in our hearts a piece of her spirit and soul! I loved my mom with all my heart, even when I was upset at her. She will always have a special place in my heart that no other woman can take from her. I recently read that a man loves his sweetheart a lot, he loves his wife more, but he loves his mother the longest. I can remember the look on her face when she realized it was me standing there in front of Reyes and Liz's place when I surprised her for mother's day and Reyes Jr. birthday! I will always remember our phone conversations after I moved to Colorado! I wish she could have visited but I have to credit her with my decision to move here bc I was in her womb the first time I visited this beautiful state. I don't know how many times I called her in the last 8 yrs to ask her if she had ever visited a place in Colorado. The response was always the same, " Yes. You were in my belly!" I found my home in Colorado and I sure hope my mom is settling into her new home in Heaven with her mother(Grandma Dorothy), Aunt May, and my dog Marley!

Elizabeth Nelson

October 30, 2019

This picture which is mostly Lil Reyes, is melinda(mom) riding the hayrack ride at the pumpkin patch October of 2017.

Elizabeth Nelson

October 30, 2019

Elizabeth Nelson

October 30, 2019

Elizabeth Nelson

October 30, 2019

Elizabeth Nelson

October 30, 2019

Janie Gleason

October 26, 2019

So Sorry to hear of Melinda's passing. I knew her through Sunnyside Elementary and our kids. Prayers to the family.

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