Mary F. (Gislason) Nelson (Sims)

December 20, 1954 ~ April 28, 2022 (age 67)


Mary F. Nelson (Sims), 67, of New London, died Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Carris Health Care and Therapy Suites in Willmar.  A visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Johnson Funeral Home in New London. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.                       

Mary Florence Nelson was born on December 20, 1954, in Willmar, the daughter of Eugene and Louise (Morke) Gislason.  She grew up in Willmar where she attended elementary and high school.  After school, she made her home in Spicer and worked as a pharmacy tech at Thrifty White. She later went on to receive a degree in accounting from Ridgewater College.   In 1988, she began a relationship with Jeffrey Sims.  They made their home in Spicer and later New London where she worked as an accountant for Marketing Concepts, retiring in 2008.   

Mary was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Spicer American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycle, playing pool, dancing and singing. 

She is survived by companion, Jeffery Sims of 34 years; children, Tina Nelson of Spicer and Nathan (Nikki) Nelson of Spicer; grandchildren, Brandon (Allison), Ethan, Jonathan, Shayna, Evan and Alyse; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Haley; mother, Louise Gislason; and siblings, Brian (Judy) Gislason of Willmar, Pat Gislason of New London and Mike Gislason (sp. friend, Debbie Erickson) of Willmar.  She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene and her little Coco girl.    

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May 6, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Home
19 Central Ave
New London, MN 56273

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