Cadillac, Michigan- Janice Elayne Nelson, of Cadillac, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 76.
Janice was born on February 16, 1943 in Lansing, Michigan to Elmer Alvin and Erma Doris (Milks) Robinson. Upon graduating high school, Jan attended Michigan State University where she achieved a Bachelor's degree in teaching and later a Master's degree in special education reading. On May 1, 1965 she entered into marriage with Nicholas James Nelson at Grace Methodist Church in Lansing. The couple enjoyed traveling around together and made many special trips outside of the country. She started her career working as a teacher and then relocated to Cadillac where she worked for the City of Cadillac as the city clerk and treasurer until her time of retirement. Many will remember her as being an inspirationally insistent walker to work, regardless of the weather. Jan was known for her gift of music, she could easily pick up any instrument and begin playing beautifully. She was a faithful long-time member of the Cadillac United Methodist Church, where she served as an organist. She also played organ for the Emmanuel Lutheran Church as well. She loved spending time with her dear friend, Ann Hunt, whom she would compile numerous concerts with. Jan had a very kind and forgiving heart. She cherished the time spent with her family, especially her six grandchildren.
Jan is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Nick Nelson of Cadillac; children, Craig (Sarah) Nelson of Grand Rapids and Mark Nelson of Cadillac; 6 grandchildren, Nicholas Oatley, Nathan Oatley, Colton Nelson, Aria Nelson, Camille Nelson and Madelyn Oatley; brother, Jim (Cindy) Robinson of Bybee, TN; and many other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carrie Nelson-Oatley; her parents, Elmer and Erma Robinson; and her in-laws, Russell and Edith Nelson.
A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. with visitation held one hour prior at the United Methodist Church of Cadillac.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Michigan or the Salvation Army.