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ROCHESTER — Shirla Mae (Nelson) Nelson, 75, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Rosewood Manor in Gonic.

Born May 22, 1943, in Rochester, the daughter of the late William F. and Elsie (Norman) Nelson, she grew up in Strafford and graduated from Austin-Cate Academy in 1962.

She was married to Edward Nelson for 51 years and lived in Rochester. Mrs. Nelson worked at Clarostat in Dover and for more than two decades worked at Colby Footwear in Gonic.

Shirla enjoyed many hobbies and pastimes, including knitting, crocheting, reading murder mysteries, and baking wonderful desserts. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

The widow of Edward Nelson, she is survived by son Eric and wife Debbie Nelson of Laconia; daughter Lisa and husband Bob Griffin of Rochester; four grandchildren, Jacob and Zachery Nelson and Ashley and Matthew Griffin; two brothers, Richard Nelson of Strafford and Bruce Nelson of Barrington; sister Dorothy Giguere of Lebanon, Maine.

She was preceded in death by her brother, William, and her sister, Debra Tridenti.

Family and friends may visit Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester.

The funeral will follow at noon in the chapel of the funeral home, with Rev. Wayne Nelson officiating,

Burial will be in Caverly Cemetery, Strafford, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rosewood Manor, Activity Fund, 2 Church St., Gonic, NH 03839.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.edgerlyfh.com.

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