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Lorna Kay Nelson was born in Osceola, Wis. and died December 4, 2018 in Amery, Wis. following a ten-year struggle with a neurodegenerative disease. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a nursing degree before moving with her husband to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she was a public health nurse with the State of Alaska. Both daughters Karen and Kate were born in Fairbanks. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, obtaining certification in elementary education. She loved her large garden and was a certified Master Gardener. After the family moved to Anchorage, she was a stay-at-home mom, president of the Scenic Park PTA, and organizer of the amazing annual Halloween carnival. In 1986, she began working for the Anchorage School District as a school nurse and became both school nurse and teacher-in-charge at Lake Otis Elementary School. She was named an "Outstanding Educator" by the Anchorage Education Association in 2002. She served 35 years on the National Ski Patrol, earning awards, including two for life-saving rescues. She hiked with friends in Alaska, Colorado, Utah, Ireland, Norway, Austria, and England and was a member of the Hillside Hikers until her disease prevented her from hiking. She was a friend to many at Central Lutheran Church, PEO, and Wednesday Night Knitters. She enthusiastically celebrated every season and holiday by redecorating her home with hundreds of decorations. Lorna is survived by her mother Lila Ward; her husband Gordon Nelson and daughter Katherine Nelson; daughter Karen Nelson, son-in-law Rob Biesenbach, and grandchildren Edward and Lily Biesenbach. She is also survived by siblings James Ward, Bruce Ward, and Robin Filkouski and their families. A memorial service will be at Central Lutheran Church in Anchorage on Feb 26 at 7:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Social Services of Alaska or to donor's choice.