Loula B. “Lou” (DeWees) Nel­son

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Loula Belle “Lou” (DeWees) Nel­son, 84, died peace­fully Fri­day, Novem­ber

10, 2017, in her home af­ter a long bat­tle with Parkin­son's dis­ease. Lou was born De­cem­ber 13, 1932, in Musko­gee, but grew up and lived in Tulsa, OK.

Lou is sur­vived by her chil­dren Mitchell Nel­son and his wife, Bil­lye, of Tulsa; L. Michele Nel­son of Tulsa; Mar­cia (Nel­son) Cul­ver and her hus­band, Todd, of Mon­u­ment, CO; her grand­chil­dren Julie Row­ell and her hus­band, Jason, of Ed­mond; Nathan and Macken­zie Cul­ver of Mon­u­ment, CO; sis­ter Judy (DeWees) Wang and her hus­band, Wil­liam, of Ba­ton Rouge, LA; and brothers-in-law Wayne Nel­son and his wife, Jen­nette, of Ok­la­homa City, and Fred Nel­son of Ben­tonville, AR.

Lou mar­ried her high school sweet­heart, Frank Nel­son, June 13, 1953. They met in youth group at Univer­sity Methodist Church. She grad­u­ated from Tulsa Cen­tral High School in 1951 and later at­tended the Univer­sity of Tulsa and the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa. There she earned an As­so­ciate's De­gree in Busi­ness. Lou pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma her fresh­man year at TU and par­tic­i­pated in the Kappa chap­ter at OU.

Af­ter at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa, Lou and Frank spent the next sev­eral years in San Antonio where Frank served in the Army. In 1956, they re­turned to Tulsa. They joined Will Rogers United Methodist Church then, and were mem­bers for 61 years. Lou and Frank worked with the church youth group. Lou or­ga­nized the pre-school and chil­dren's church pro­grams. She was ac­tive in the Women's group and in her Sun­day school class and Bi­ble study groups.

Lou was em­ployed as a sec­re­tary at Pure Oil Com­pany in Tulsa. Later, she stayed at home while her chil­dren were young. She worked for her fa­ther's real es­tate de­vel­op­ment and wa­ter com­pa­nies for many years. In 1983, Lou ob­tained her real es­tate li­cense, and was an agent at Cold­well Banker-Rader Group un­til her re­tire­ment.

Lou en­joyed paint­ing, sewing, ten­nis, swim­ming, sail­ing at the lake, play­ing bridge, and spend­ing time with her grand­chil­dren. She also en­joyed road trips and en­ter­tain­ing her fam­ily and friends. Lou vol­un­teered as a Cub Scout den mother, a Girl Scout troop leader, soc­cer coach, and a cheer­leader spon­sor for her chil­dren's ac­tiv­i­ties.

Lou was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Franklin D. Nel­son; her par­ents, Price Ben­ton and Ada Louise DeWees; her brother Bruce Vol­ney DeWees; and grand­son Ken­neth Price Cul­ver.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 2:00 p.m. Satur­day, Novem­ber 18, 2017, at Will Rogers United Methodist Church in Tulsa. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to her church or the Michael J. Fox Foun­da­tion for Parkin­son's Re­search. Moore's South­lawn 918-663-2233 share mem­o­ries at


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