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Dorthy Nelson

June 21, 1929 — January 24, 2017

Dorthy E. Nelson, 87, of Colona, IL died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.  Graveside services are 11:00 a.m. Friday January 27, 2017 at the Woodhull Cemetery.  Visitation is 9:30 -10:30 a.m. prior to services at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull.  Memorials may be left to Hillcrest Home and online condolences can be made at

She was born June 21, 1929 in Moline, Illinois to William and Fay Lindley Daniels.  She graduated from United Township High School and attended Brown Business College.   Dorthy married Richard G. Nelson January 31, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois.  He died April 9, 2016.

Dorthy was employed at various insurance companies in the Quad Cities and retired from Deere and Co as an auditor in 1998.  She and her husband owned and operated Bar D Western Store in Silvis and Colona.

She was a member of Green River Wranglers and Green River United Methodist Church.

She and her husband raised and raced standard bred racehorses.  Dorthy enjoyed reading, traveling and car rides.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane Baird of Newell, West Virginia; Dayle (Gary) Sullivan of Silvis, IL; Dawn (Tom) Jatczak, Las Vegas, Nevada; one son, Daniel Nelson of Beech Grove, Indiana; five grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one sister, Virginia (Burt) Ringquist of Parish, Florida; several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Hillcrest Home
14688 IL Hwy. 82, Geneseo IL 61254
Tel: 1-309-944-2147

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