Cleora Nelson, 85, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. She was a retired elementary school teacher. She had been a McPherson resident since 1990, formerly of Bonner Springs, Goddard, Emporia and Clements.
She was born on Feb. 13, 1928, in Leavenworth, the daughter of George and Helen (Duncan) Kley. She graduated from Gem High School in 1947 and received her bachelor's degree from Emporia State Teachers College in 1963.
On June 10, 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert R. Nelson in Emporia. He preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2010.
Cleora was a member of the McPherson Free Methodist Church and McPherson Association of Retired School Personnel.
Survivors include: her sons, Philip Nelson and wife, Carolyn, of McPherson, and James Nelson and wife, Julie, of McPherson; daughter-in-law, Marsha Nelson of Bonner Springs; seven grandchildren, Stephen and Elizabeth Nelson, Rebekah Nelson, Michelle (Nelson) and Jeff Sussenbach, Megan (Nelson) and Matt McPeak, Rachel (Nelson) and Joshua Woods, Jeremiah Nelson, and Valisha (Nelson) and Eric Buselt; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, David Nelson.
A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at McPherson Free Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Griffith and Rev. Deborah Somerville officiating. Burial will be in the McPherson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson Free Methodist Church or Central Christian College of Kansas in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.