Virginia M. Nelson, age 87, died Oct. 26, 2013, surrounded by her family at home. She was born in 1926 to Exie and Floy Humphries at Wenatchee, Wash. The family later moved to Pilot Rock where she graduated from high school in 1944 and later from the Behnke-Walker Business College in Portland. She married Lewis Nelson in 1946.
In 1948 she and her husband moved to Pendleton, where they built and operated the Memory Lane Motel, restaurant and trailer park with her parents. In 1964 they sold the business and she began work for State Farm Insurance until retirement as an administrative assistant. She lived in Pendleton for 37 years and last 25 in Canby, Ore.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Lewis Nelson; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Christine Nelson, Redmond, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Rich Birkemeier, Canby; daughter-in-law MaryAnn Schultz, Milwaukie, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law Don and Nancy Humphries, Parkrose, Ore.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Virginia was proceeded in death by a son, Dan Nelson, and a sister-in-law, Bea Humphries.
Her service will be held on Nov. 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Canby New Life Foursquare Church.
Those wishing to donate in Virginias name may do so to Providence Hospice; 9936 S.E. Washington St., Ste. E10, Portland, OR 97216.