Joy Nelson
1935 – 2009

NORWAY – Joy (Olson) Nelson, 74, died June 25, at Norway Rehabilitation Center, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born in East Bethel, on May 12, 1935 to Ola and Grace Olson. She attended local schools. She worked hard her entire life and was employed at Bath Iron Works and the former Marcotte Chevrolet. She enjoyed life to its fullest.
Her love of travel took her too many places and she never tired of just packing up and going somewhere. She enjoyed wintering in Florida, and was fortunate to spend her last winter there. She was an avid outdoors’ women who earned the nickname “Annie Oakley” during her younger years.
She loved to fish with her sons and was always the happiest when she was in the great outdoors. Her love of nature also showed in her beautiful flower gardens. She enjoyed collecting antiques and also liked stops at garage sales picking up something for one of her sisters, children, grandchildren, or friends. She was always helping others and her heartfelt generosity was felt by many.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Debbie Martin and husband, Michael, of Bethel, Lisa Smith of Bethel, Terry Dooen of Littleton, Mass., Bruce Dooen and wife, Lindy, of Georgetown and Andy Dooen and partner, Lori, of Litchfield; her grandchildren, Michelle Leeman of Lisbon Falls, Michelle Delulio of Bethel, Derek Dooen of Lewiston, Anthony Delulio of Peru, Kaylee Smith of Bethel and Jacob Dooen of Litchfield; three great-grandchildren, Seth and Riley Leeman of Lisbon Falls and Briar Delulio Huard of Bethel; her loving sister, Vi Waite and husband, Ed of Mexico; beloved nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Ola and Grace Olson of Bethel; her loving sister, Berta Olson of Bethel; brothers, Buddy and Sigmund Olson; and her grandson, Cody Smith of Bethel.

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