In Loving Memory

Irene Frances Nelson

April 10, 1926 - June 7, 2019


Fairhope, AL

Irene Frances Nelson, age 93, a native of Chicago, IL, and a resident of Fairhope, AL, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019. Irene was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a homemaker, and enjoyed taking her kids to baseball, football, swimming, the skating rink, and fishing. She also enjoyed listening to classical music and loved cats.

Irene raised three boys and one girl on her own after her husband died in an auto accident. She had Edith Bunker’s sense of humor. She made the best breakfast omelet and was known for always being kind, caring and considerate. Irene was a good friend to many, was a hard worker, and kept children busy in baseball, football, swimming, and fishing.

Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Jenkins L. Nelson, Jr.; son, Jenkins L. Nelson, III; parents, Albin and Stephanie Till Kashew; and her brother, Alvin W. Kashew.

She is survived by her children, Allen (Rebecca) Nelson of Fairhope, AL, Tommy (Sherry) Nelson of Fairhope, AL, Susan (Jim) Nelson-Walsh of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren, Shannon Nelson, Staci Nelson and Georgia Pearle; great-grandchildren, Hasten Kamphuis, Aurielle Oyen, and Ella Dayne Finch; her childhood friend from Chicago, Muriel York of Orange, CA; her ballpark friends, Merl Allison of Fairhope, AL, Frances Waldrup of Point Clear, AL, and Vida Hughes of Fairhope, AL as well as many other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to her hospice nurses and home care assistants. Kindred Hospice, Sitters: Ora Tinker, Latitiah Coleman, Greta Mims, Kim Bettis, Dorothy Ward, Carrie Cox & Golden Rule Senior Care.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 8370 Gayfer Rd Ext., Fairhope, AL, 36532. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL is assisting the family.


  1. Sharon Johnston

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Sherry Nelson

    It was a pleasure knowing you all these years. You raised a fine family. Your sons are the nicest, kindest men that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They are excellent fishermen too. I loved your sense of humor and quick wit. I still get a chuckle thinking about the time you said someone’s perm looked like they walked thru the desert in a fire storm. Also, that time at Assisted Living when you said your pork chop was so thin you could read the paper thru it.
    It is a comfort to know you are at peace now. Please rest easy knowing I will take care of Tommy for the rest of my life.
    Love you

  3. Maria Gilheart-Pierce

    So sorry for your loss.


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