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Beverly Jean Nelson

November 14, 1933 ~ April 6, 2021 (age 87)

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Beverly Jean Nelson, 87, entered Heaven’s rest on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Bothell, WA.

Beverly was born November 14, 1933 in Yakima, WA, daughter of Murl E. (Dick) Heald and Laurine (Matsen) Heald Rouleau. Beverly lived in Bickleton, WA until the age of two when the family moved to Prosser. She graduated from WSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Home Economics. 

On June 16, 1957 Beverly married Edward Nelson in the Prosser Presbyterian Church. Bev and Ed “BevandEd” were married 52 years. They first resided in Seattle where Bev taught kindergarten at The Bush School while Ed finished his dental studies. In 1959 they moved to Pacific Grove, CA, and Ed served in the Army Dental Corps at Fort Ord. In 1961 they moved to Wapato, WA, and lived there until Ed’s death in 2009. Since 2009 Bev lived in Bothell and recently resided at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Everett. 

Bev loved her family and friends! She was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She bravely adjusted from her life in Wapato to living on “The Coast” and created a new life and social connections. Bev was active in her church and Bible Studies, knitting group and enjoyed Bothell Senior Center trips to the Seattle Symphony. She had a flair for color and decorating, loved creating a home and was a wonderful hostess to family and friends in Wapato, Bothell and Everett!

Beverly is survived by her daughters and their families:

Sarah (Warren) Hall and Melissa (Bill) Smith.

Grandchildren Greta (Caleb) Rieger, Nelson (Nicole) Hall, Emma Hall, Rebecca (Joel) Springer, Timothy (Jirah) Smith, Beth Smith, Teresa Lee.

Great-grandsons Max Rieger and Albert Springer.

She is survived by her sister Barbara Ann Setterlund of Clackamas OR.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Susan Jean Nelson and great-grandchild Parker Hall. 

A graveside service will be held at the Cleveland Cemetery near Bickleton, WA, on Saturday April 17 at 1:00pm. A reception will be held at the Matsen Lodge following the graveside service.  Those wishing to sign Beverly’s online memorial book may do so at   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations (by check) to: Status Indian Mission PO Box 565 Toppenish WA 98948   Those wishing to sign Beverly's online memorial book may do so at   

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free… How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:18


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Graveside Service
April 17, 2021

1:00 PM
Cleveland Cemetery, Bickleton, WA

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