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Josephine Ann Nelson

January 26, 1946 - April 12, 2023


Obituary For Josephine Ann Nelson

Josephine Ann "JoAnn" Nelson age 77, of Richmond, Missouri, went to be with the Lord April 12, 2023 at 4:02 pm at her home surrounded by her loved ones after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.JoAnn was born January 26, 1946 to Harry Edward Wheeler and Josephine (Papa) Wheeler in Shreveport, Louisiana. She had a love for horses and learned to ride at a very young age and traveled with her daddy to wherever there was a horse show where she would barrel race her horse Rex or ride and show her horse Jan winning many ribbons over the years. She said she would saddle up Rex and be gone all day long sometimes and that it was Rex that she confided in. JoAnn married and became a mother at a very young age having all seven of her children by the age of 26. She strived to be a good wife and mother baking cupcakes or cookies for one or more of her kids' classrooms at any given time, helping with homework or school projects and was even a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for a time all while having another baby to care for. She loved to embroider by hand and basically taught herself how to machine sew and follow a pattern making many outfits and dresses for her girls and later began making quilts. She eventually divorced and became a single parent to her children and worked very hard to make ends meet. She had several jobs throughout the years including Sears and Roebuck Company and Missouri Flag and Banner and in later years she managed various nightclubs throughout the metropolitan area. She later met and married Ronald Nelson and moved to Hardin, Missouri for many years until finally settling in Richmond, Missouri.JoAnn was a kind, loving, gentle soul who loved nature and animals of all kinds, especially birds and butterflies. She also enjoyed gardening, reading a good book, and spending quality time with her family but more than anything she loved the Lord.JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Josephine Wheeler; two brothers, Jackie (Patsy) Wheeler, Floyd Raymond Wheeler; one sister, Bernice (Leon) Braden; daughter, Rhonda Ann Johnson; grandchild, Wesley Gayle Ward, and her dog Bentley. She is survived by her husband Ronald Nelson of the home; four daughters, Guylene Ferrin, Angie (Mike) Ladd, Holly Johnson, and Danna Johnson; two sons Scott (Lori) Johnson and Steve (Jessica) Johnson; two step daughters; Charis Lancaster and Nikki Nelson; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and friends.A Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2023 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri.

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  • 04/23/2023

    My world will never be the same without you Momma. I do find comfort knowing that you are with the Lord. You said you would watch for your dear children until that day comes rest in peace. I love you Momma. Holly

  • 04/22/2023

    You will be missed by many. Rest Easy Joey 🕊🙏

  • 04/22/2023

    "Aunt JoAnn" You will be missed by everyone who knew You. May You rest peacefully with Our Jesus until we meet again.

  • 04/21/2023

    There are so many memories I have with you Mom. I couldn't possibly tell them all here but I remember one sunny day when I was very young, all the windows in the house were open and a nice breeze was blowing in and you were ironing clothes and playing a song I wanted to hear on the record player for me not once or twice but over and over again. It was just you and me Mom spending time together. That was a good day for me. My heart breaks everyday since you went away! Until the day we meet again I hope you know how much I love you! I hope you are with the horses and there are lots of birds and butterflies. Rest easy Mom you deserve it!

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