Kay Ann (Getchell) Nelson, 67, of Glenwood, died at her home, unexpectedly and of natural causes, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.
A memorial service celebrating her life was held on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Glenwood United Parish, with Pastor Laura Nordstrom officiating. Inurnment was in Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home.
Kay Ann Getchell was born on Feb. 20, 1952, in Glenwood. She was the third child born to Lucille H. (Michals) and Leslie G. Getchell, Jr. When Kay was a young girl her family moved to Minneapolis and she attended elementary school there. They eventually returned to Glenwood, where Kay attended Glenwood High School and graduated with the Class of 1970. She then went on to further her education in Willmar, where she attended beauty school and earned a cosmetology degree.
Kay worked as a beautician and supplemented her income by working part-time with her mother at Sam Parker House in Glenwood. It was while waitressing at Sam Parker House in 1977 that she met her future husband, Bruce “Buzz” Nelson, a railroad employee. The two married on Nov. 8, 1980, at the Methodist Church in Glenwood. They first made their home in East Bethel before moving to Alexandria in 1982. During these years Kay worked with Hospice, doing hair for terminally ill patients and took care of Buzz and their son, Shane. In 1990, the Soo Line Railroad transferred Buzz to Thief River Falls and he and Kay made their home there for the next 26 years. For a majority of that time Kay was employed by Pennington County as a law enforcement dispatch operator, a job she very much enjoyed. After she and Buzz were both retired, Kay longed to move back to her hometown to be closer to family. In 2016, the two returned to Glenwood and have made their home there since that time.
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