Patricia Lee Nelson

December 24, 1941 ‒ July 11, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Patricia Lee Nelson ran into the arms of Jesus Thursday, July 12, 2018 in  Ohio Health Mansfield following a short illness. She was 76.


She was born December 24, 1941 to parents Rexford & Lucille (Prosser) Morris in Mansfield.  Pat was graduated from Mansfield High School in 1959, and later she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Ashland College in 1991.


Pat worked at Therm-O-Disc, and the Area Agency on Aging as a social worker where she worked for over 20 years until retiring just a few short years ago.

Stricken by the polio virus very young, Pat was wheel chair bound most of her 76 years, but make no mistake, Pat never let her paralysis get in her way.  Very determined and feisty, she never backed away from or challenge or let her illness keep her from doing things she loved.


Pat loved animals and rescued several cats and dogs, who once they found their forever home with Pat, were treated like royalty.  She also spent lots of time outdoors caring for her flowers and bird feeders, and enjoyed reading.  She was also partial to her only granddaughter, doting on her and giving her special attention.


Most of all, Pat will be remembered for her tenacity, fearless attitude and her sense of humor accompanied by her “wicked grin.”


She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law Brian Nelson of Mansfield and Chris and Wanda Nelson of Mansfield, a cherished granddaughter Delaney Nelson, and a brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Phyllis Morris of Deerfield, Illinois.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


The Nelson family will receive friends Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 11 am to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  A private committal service will be held in Mansfield Memorial Park.


Contributions in Pat’s memory to the Richland County Humane Society  may be made at the funeral home.


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  • Chris, Wanda and Delaney,
    You have our deepest sympathies. You know that we thought very highly of your mother and enjoyed our visits with her at the nursing home. So sorry to hear that she passed this quickly. Many fond memories of her with all of us when Crossroads was started. Love to all of you, Dave and Annie

  • Chris and Brian my condolences to the family I no I only knew Pat for a short time but I was one of her aides at the nursing home and I cared for a whole lot and I miss her so much.

    Your friend Sue

  • Dear Brian, Chris, and family,

    Your mother was not only a remarkable woman but was also a good friend for 48 years! She was always eager to know how our family was getting along in those growing up years. We shared a love of animals and of flowers. When I wasn’t sure of the name of a flower, she could always tell me what it was! When life became more difficult for her, it was my privilege to help care for her wonderful pets. God bless you all at this time of loss. I truly believe, as the obituary said, your mom ran into the arms of Jesus. Well done good and faithful servant.

    Love Di