Reva Nelson

Obituary of Reva Ann Nelson

In Loving Memory of

Reva Ann Nelson

Reva passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020, in West Des Moines.

   Funeral services for Reva will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Pence~Reese Funeral Home in Newton.  Visitation with the family will be just prior to the services, 1 until 1:30, at the funeral home.   {Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facemasks are encouraged at the services.}  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Newton First United Methodist Church or to a charity of your choosing.  Burial will be in Newton Union Cemetery.   

   Reva Ann Nelson, 93, the daughter of Harry Daniel and Clara Marie Etta (Klopping) Awtry, was born October 28, 1926, in Newton.  A graduate of Newton Senior High school in 1944, Reva furthered her education at Drake University, acquiring a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1948. While attending Drake, Reva became a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

   On June 26, 1948, Reva was united in Marriage with Donald B. Nelson in Newton.  She devoted her life to her family and worked part-time as a substitute teacher and realtor.  She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, serving as the bell choir founder and director, as well as chancel choir member. She enjoyed serving as President of United Methodist Women, organizing the holiday Journey to Bethlehem and playing the piano for Park Centre church services. 

   Reva always enjoyed a good game of bridge and was a very active member of the Newton community. She was a member of PEO Chapter LC, Jasper County Republican Women, and Newton PTA.  She enjoyed serving on many boards, including The Salvation Army, Newton Alumni Association, Cancer Society, Jasper County Concert Association and as President of the Park Centre Resident Association.

  The preservation of Newton’s heritage and supporting the Jasper County Historical Society was very important to Reva. She was very proud to have been instrumental in securing the preservation of the Maytag Bowl and listing the Maytag Park as a Historic District.

   Reva was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Donald on April 12, 2003; one brother; and five sisters. 

   Those left to honor her memory include her three daughters and sons-in-law: Bonnie and Robert Jones of St. Peters, MO, Kathleen and Bruce Rouw of Leesburg, FL and Julie and Robert Adams of West Des Moines; her seven grandchildren:   Jennifer (Bojan) Djurasovic, David (Lindsey) Jones, Curtis Rouw, Matthew (Olivia) Jones, Michael (Phoung) Jones, Emily (Aren) King, Ian Adams; eleven great-grandchildren; and many friends and extended relatives.

  Special thanks to the compassionate staff at Bickford of West Des Moines for their kind and loving care.

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Friday
24
July

Visitation at Funeral Home

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Friday, July 24, 2020
Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home & Cremation Services
310 N. 2nd Ave. E.
Newton, Iowa, United States
Friday
24
July

Funeral Service

1:30 pm
Friday, July 24, 2020
Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home & Cremation Services
310 N. 2nd Ave. E.
Newton, Iowa, United States

Final Resting Place

Newton Union Cemetery
1600 - W. 4th Street N.
Newton, Iowa, United States
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