Maude Ellen Porter Nelson took the final stage of her journey here on earth on Thursday morning, November 12, 2020. Maude Ellen Porter was born in Aberdeen, NC on September 28, 1927. She was the fourth of five children born to parents Charles B. and Maude Ellen Hubbard Porter. She was the last surviving of those children. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Fred Porter, Clyde Porter and Charles Vernon Porter (as a young child) and her sister Ruth Porter Hodges.

She was married to Jesse Nelson on March 3, 1944. He was the love of her life and she was the love of his life. They were married for 70 years at the time of his death in May of 2014. She was a wartime bride following her soldier husband to the many locations the military would lead them. There were periods of time that she had to remain “stateside” while he was stationed in China, Korea and Germany. They had a family of six children: three sons-Fred, Charles (Tim) and Darren (Michelle); three daughters Carol McDonald (Regie), Cindy Munn (Greg) and Linda Nelson who passed on August 22, 2020. 

She was a very loving mother and grandmother. She had 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. She also had two nieces and two nephews. 

Maude loved her cats, flowers and plants, sewing, crocheting, knitting and a variety of crafts. Fishing, playing bingo and dominos were favorites of hers. In recent years she loved spending time on her porch swing enjoying the fresh air and observing nature. 

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Sunday at Bethesda Cemetery conducted by Dr. Zeb Moss. 

Powell Funeral Home is serving the Nelson family. 

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Graveside Service: November 15, 2020 2:00 pm

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  1. Sorry for your families loss with Maude, a generation now gone. Cherish the wonderful memories in your heart.

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