Beverley Nelson, 1932-2017

Published 1:00 am Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial services for Beverley J. Nelson, 84, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Beverley died Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea.

Beverley J. Nelson was born July 27, 1932, in Montgomery to parents Russell L. Haugen and Marie Mork Haugen. Beverley graduated in 1950 from Central High School in Albert Lea. Beverley married Dale Mangskau on Sept. 1, 1949; they divorced in 1964.

Beverley Nelson

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She married her soulmate, Harlan Nelson, on Aug. 15, 1965, and they were married for 32 years until his death in 1997. Before his death, they spent five years in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They enjoyed traveling to many other places, always with their son, Brad. They owned and operated a motel in Erskine for six years. Beverley worked at Wallace’s Department Store and Wilson & Co., later Farmstead.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the church circle, Prime Timers, was a visiting deacon, and taught Bible school and Sunday school. Beverley was also a member of the Does and the American Legion Auxiliary. She especially enjoyed playing cards, 500 and bridge. Her hobbies were making greeting cards and needle work. Her greatest achievements were her two sons, Steven and Bradley. When Steve married, she gained a beautiful daughter-in-law, Julie. They were blessed with a wonderful daughter, Nicole. They were Beverley’s pride and joy.

Beverley was preceded in death by her parents Russell and Marie Haugen; and husband, Harlan.

She is survived by sons Steve (Julie) Mangskau of Florida and Brad Mangskau of Albert Lea; and granddaughter, Nikki Mangskau, of Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First Presbyterian Church of Albert Lea or the American Cancer Society.