Beatrice Jean Nelson, 86, of Monticello died at 1:32 a.m. Oct. 12, 2009, in Bement Health Center, Bement.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bement Township Cemetery. The Rev. Marsha Frederick will officiate. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Nelson was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Ivesdale to Calvin and Mary (Keiterling) Strater. She married Emery Kirby and later divorced. She then married Ernest Swartz. Mr. Swartz died Jan. 1, 1991. She married Clifford Nelson in 1993.

Mrs. Nelson worked for many years at Pepsin Manufacturing and Kaiser. She was a member of Bement Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are one son, Emery Kirby of Mendota; three stepchildren, John Barger, Lenna Blacker and Alan Swartz, all of Monticello; six grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 18 stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great grandchild; one sister, Rebecca Wildman of Monticello; and three brothers, William Strater of Albion, Richard Strater of Rantoul and John Strater of Monticello.

She was preceded in death by one husband, one sister, six brothers and one stepdaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bement Presbyterian Church or Bement Food Pantry.
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