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Margaret Josetta Nelson, 68, Glencoe

Margaret Nelson
Margaret “Maggie” Josetta (Gildea) Nelson, 68, of Glencoe, died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at our Lady of Peace in St. Paul.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m., at the Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11⁄2 hours prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow the committal at the King Pin Pub in Plato.
She was the matriarch of the clan, one who always saw others first and looked out for her own more than anyone could dream. Family and her Irish heritage were in her heart and she would do anything to share their importance with everyone.
Margaret Josetta (Gildea) Nelson was born Aug. 12, 1947, to Patrick and Josetta Gildea. She was born in St. Paul, but only stayed in the city for two short weeks after birth only to be bought to and raised as the third generation on a family farm that was homesteaded in the late 1800s by her grandparents. She was a farm girl at heart and carried her experiences of growing up on the farm with her throughout her life, eventually raising her sons on the very farm she grew up on.
She was a jeweler, and lived what she taught her sons and others — decide what you want and go for it, find a way to succeed and win. In 1970, she went to Santa Monica, California, to study gemology at the Gemological Institute of America and continue her dream of being a jeweler. She returned to Minnesota and Glencoe, back on the farm to be where her heart was, but began her business of being a jeweler, which she continued for the next 30 years.
Her life was about living, travel, exploring, laughter and adventure at every pass. She loved to share with her boys to follow these examples and chase their dreams.
She was an artist, a business woman, a manager, a wife and a mother — a combination only she could pull off with the success that she found and the love that she brought.
She encouraged others to stand up for what they believed in, back down to no one, live to live and to not be afraid to be different, but rather show how the differences are special.
Maggie was a people person, enjoyed being around others and having a good time; if you wanted to have a party, you’d better invite Maggie — she brings the party with her and brings it to the next level. She was the life and laughter that many of us will remember.
Everyone had a story about Maggie — the rings she made them, the special trips she planned, the bartering for the rent, the lady who wouldn’t back down, the laughter and smile, the party she had on the farm, the 4-H calf you helped her with, the pool, the Irish tales and stories of Ireland, the love …
She is survived by her husband Dennis; and two sons and their families, Patrick (Mary Kay) Nelson and their children, Vivian and Oliver, and Sean (Ruth) Nelson and their daughter, Ciara.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pat and Josetta Gildea;