(Maureen) Charlotte Nelson was born Dec. 13, 1930, to William and Thelma Whitten from Altoona, Washington. She passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Longview, Washington.

After graduating from Naselle High School, the family moved to Astoria. Char worked as a telephone operator for 30 years, retiring in 1981.

On May 14th, 1952, she married Glenn Loren Nelson of Astoria. They were married 56 years before his death in 2008. They made their home and raised their children in Astoria.

Char enjoyed many activities, including reading, clam digging, fishing, sewing, doing crafts and sightseeing. She loved growing plants from seeds and nurturing them along. She was a very talented tole painter. It gave Char great joy to bake cookies for her grandchildren, and she loved being with her special lunch bunch friends on Fridays.

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa (Craig) Bergerson, Rainier; son, Ken (Janine) Nelson, Astoria; sister, Romaine Jensen, Seaside; brother, Bill (Pat) Whitten, Astoria. Grandchildren include, Katie Bergerson, Beaverton; Kaylene (Brad) Herman, White Salmon, WA; Grant Bergerson (Kaylie), Rainier; Juliann (Dan) Koehnke, Stevenson, WA. Great-grandchildren, Danica and Korben, Harley and Gunner. Char is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private family graveside service will be held Saturday, April 6th, followed by a reception for all family and friends at the home of Ken and Janine Nelson, 90884 Lewis & Clark Rd., Astoria. The reception will start at 2:30.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Canterbury Gardens, Memory Care Activities, 1457 3rd Ave., Longview WA 98632, in memory of Charlotte Nelson. Or donations would be appreciated at the Hospice of one’s choice.

Caldwell’s Luce-Layton is in charge of arrangements.

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