Services for Cleone Burnette Nelson

Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Cleone Burnette Nelson of Bagley, Minnesota, left us to be with the Lord on Monday, August 19th, 2019 at the age of 92.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Chapel, 10 miles south of Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held on the evening before on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN. Interment will be held at Rice Lutheran Cemetery in Zerkel, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Cleone was born in Bagley, Minnesota on May 29th, 1927 to parents Warren and Mabel Ingalls. Growing up in rural Clearwater County, Pastor Spencer Bower invited her and her siblings to camp and Sunday school classes. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 10 years old and began her lifelong ministry and service to her Lord. As she grew, she enjoyed helping her father on their farm, cooking and baking with her mother, spending time enjoying her friends and family. 

Cleone became a teacher, and she taught in Jack Pine, Minerva, Bagley and Fosston schools over her 30 year teaching career. Cleone’s heart was in teaching special needs students, and she spent 20 years in the special education department at Fosston Public School. She married Norman Nelson, on June 17th, 1947. They settled in rural Bagley, Minnesota, and had five beloved children, Curt, Steve, Nan (Phil Vobr), Deb (Randy Wanek) and Joseph (Carol Nelson).

Cleone enjoyed participating and leading Bible studies in her home, spending time with her beloved family, attending and serving at Grace Chapel. She was endlessly supportive and proud of her grandchildren Sara (Ryan Bilden), Rachel (Jeremy Hoeckle), Andy Vobr, Steven Vobr, Alyssa (Tim Bergen), Suzanne Wanek, Elizabeth (Charlie Smith), Abigail (John Merck), Caleb (Hannah Hills) and Gracie Nelson. She was known for her unyielding faith, quick laugh, sharp wit, and fierce and selfless love of her family and her loss is deeply felt.

Cleone was preceded in death by her husband Norman, her son Steve, her son-in-law Randy, sister Gloria Lund and brother Eugene Ingalls. She is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


Messages of condolence may be sent to


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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