Carol Jean Nelson


Carol Jean Nelson was born on June 12, 1945 in Superior, WI and died peacefully at her home in Victoria, Texas on October 8, 2021 after a short illness. She was the youngest child of Robert Byrnes and Elverna (Hoffmockel) Byrnes. Carol graduated from Cathedral High School and attended the University of Wisconsin – Superior. She married Donald S. Nelson in October 1969 and they enjoyed 34 years of marriage before his death in 2003. After moving from their hometown in Superior, Carol and Don made their home in Victoria, TX and enjoyed softball, bowling, golf, and travelling, especially to Hawaii. Carol retired as a bookkeeper with Bumgardner and Morrison in Victoria in 2014. In her later years, Carol continued to travel, taking cruises with her friends to the Caribbean and Alaska. Her last trip was to Kauai with her niece, Bobbie. Carol loved her many nieces and nephews and was especially close to her sister’s children. She enjoyed many crafts, and was an active member of her local Stampin’ Up card group. Her beautiful cards were admired and appreciated by all who received them.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Donald S. Nelson, her parents, Robert and Elverna Byrnes, and her siblings, Duane, Robert and Rosanne Byrnes.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dianne Byrnes. Her nieces/nephews and their children: Bobbie Salveson (Owen, Nathan, and Collin), Barry Bagwell (Alexandria and Samantha), Cindy Mashuga, Jody Hermanson (Tyler), Jenny Byrnes, Alan Bagwell (Ryan and Danielle), Joe Byrnes, Lance Albrecht (Harper) and Abby Byrnes. She had generous friends and neighbors in Victoria, including Judy Garza, Gayla Whitaker, Eddy and Nancy Stevens, and Selinda Ramirez. The family wishes to thank everyone who came to her aid during her final weeks including lifelong friend, Kathy Erickson and caregiver, Mary Grahmann, as well as the services provided by the Senior Helpers of Victoria and the Hospice of South Texas.

After a small graveside service on October 15, 2021, Carol was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, WI at the side of her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol’s name to The American Lung Association or a charity of choice.