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Anna Francis (Muir) Nelson

(Feb. 3, 1920 - Nov. 6, 2013)

Anna Francis (Muir) Nelson died quietly on Nov. 6, 2013, in Cheyenne. She was 93.

She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Mentor, Kan., to Joseph A. and Gladys (Stephenson) Muir. She had two brothers, Joseph C. Muir and Eugene Muir, who preceded her in death, along with her parents.

Anna attended elementary school in Mentor and high school at Smolan, Kan., where she graduated in 1936.

Anna married Earle A. Nelson at the Mentor Methodist Church on July 22, 1944. Earle and Anna were married 46 years. He preceded her in death.

Anna and her husband moved to Powell in 1950 to homestead after World War II. Along with being a farmer’s wife and raising four boys, Anna belonged to the Mountain View Circle and the United Methodist Church. For many years, she was known for volunteering at the Powell Nursing Home as a barber for men and hairdresser for women. She also participated at the Park County Fair as a judge for 4-H projects and was active in the Legion booth.

Anna and Earle loved to travel, whether it was in their motor home or abroad. Before moving to Cheyenne eight years ago, Anna spent her winter months in Texas, where she was quite involved with the Senior Park’s activities.

She is survived by four sons: twins Byron (Jeanette) of Sheridan and Bruce of Pine Bluffs, Bradley (LindaKay) of Cheyenne, and Brent (Cheryl) of Sheridan; eight grandchildren, Shaun (Keyo) Nelson of Eagle River, Alaska, Brandi (Chris) Bilyeu of Sheridan, Jolene (Jason) Sanders of Lincoln, Calif., Brett Nelson of Pine Bluffs, Nikki (John) Williams of Midland, Texas, Blaine Nelson of Evanston, Bradi Coe (Tyson) Evans of Animas, N.M., and Beau (Tanya) Nelson of Sheridan; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Anna will be held at the United Methodist Church in Powell at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Interment will be at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

1 comment

  • posted by JoAnne (Jirsa) Meyrs

    November 15, 2013 12:23 pm

    Byron, Bruce, Brad and Brent, So sorry to hear this! I so enjoyed knowing your mother over my lifetime. I will never forget the support she gave my mother and me when my dad was dying, and then, again to me when my mother was dying. She was a great person. My husband and I were in Cheyenne last November and stopped by to see her. We so enjoyed our visit. Now she is with your dad, and all the Heart Mountain people are probably welcoming her into their pinochle game. Love to all of you and your families.

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