Jane Susan Nelson

October 17, 1952


May 24, 2021

Jane Susan Nelson

October 17, 1952


May 24, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Jane Susan Nelson, 68, of Billings. Jane was born on Oct. 17, 1952, to Leonard and Mathilda Nelson in Williston, North Dakota, where she grew up and attended school. After graduating from Williston High School in 1970, Jane moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to study nursing at The University of North Dakota, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She spent a summer semester at the University of Hawaii before earning her Bachelor of Science in nursing at UND.

Jane held nursing positions at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota; St. Alexis Hospital in Bismarck; Mercy Medical Center in Williston; and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In 1988, she accepted a position with Baylor University in Dallas, teaching nursing classes and working for an orthopedic surgeon. Jane retired and moved to Billings in 2000 to be closer to family.

Jane was charming, independent and outgoing with a hilarious sense of humor, many friends, a dazzling smile and an adventurous spirit. “Throw caution to the winds” was her credo, as she wanted to live life to the fullest. Jane traveled all over the world, visiting Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and many European countries including Russia. But closest to her heart was her Scandinavian heritage, connecting and corresponding with newly found relatives in Norway and Sweden. A highlight was a 2007 family trip to Scandinavia to meet them and stand on the stone foundation of her grandfather, Mons Lysne’s home in Laerdal, Norway.

Jane was a downhill and cross-country skier, tennis player, ballroom dancer, quilter, bridge player, painter, cat lover, and breast cancer survivor. She had exquisite taste in furniture, art, decorating, cuisine, and was an excellent cook. She was an active member of American Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway.

Jane is survived by her brother, Bruce, and his wife, Susan of Billings; her niece, Lindsey Nelson of Medford, Oregon; nephews, Collin Nelson of Billings, Cory Nelson (Krista) of Tigard, Oregon, and Chris Herreid of Southaven, Mississippi, who all lovingly called their auntie, “Janer.” Her beloved kitty, Presley, who will live with her brother and his wife, also survives Jane. She is predeceased by her mother, Tillie, in 1975 and her father, Leonard, in 2006.

As part of Jane’s philanthropic legacy, she established a foundation at the UND School of Nursing and Professional Disciplines to provide scholarships to those individuals desiring a career in nursing. Memorials may be made to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Help for Homeless Pets in Billings, or a charity of your choice.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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8 thoughts on “Jane Susan Nelson”

  1. I have many special memories of Jane over the past 6 years I have cleaned for her. Once she took me and my helper to Red Lodge to clean her townhouse there – we had such a fun conversation en route and she treated us to gourmet burgers before driving us back home! She was always so good to me and I appreciated her kindness very much. She loved her fur babies!! Rest in Peace Jane. We miss you so much… With Love & Care, Chris Bellows

  2. Jane graduated 2 years before me in Williston where I did not know her. While living here in Billings I became a Professional Organizer and she contacted me to help her with some projects like organizing her garage and kitchen. She was so much fun and we laughed about many things, flying to Williston on Cape Air and having to tell them how much you weigh, for one! I’m so sad to hear of her passing, Bruce and Susan, let me know if I can help you in any way possible. My heart hurts for you, she loved you so much! Sharon Nolte

  3. Victoria Ender

    Jane to me was such a fun person. I always enjoyed being around her! It is so sad to lose such a vibrant person~ Vicki Ender

  4. Rebecca Anderson

    I worked with Jane at EBMS. We started work there on the same day. Jane was brilliant, vivacious and caring. To the family- she LOVED and adored you. Jane – you made an impression on me and I will always hold you in highest regards.

  5. I met Jane at the Good Earth Market and we became immediate friends. Based on all of these comments, Jane became friends with everyone she met. Jane had a zest for life – she loved good food. It is very sad to learn that she left us – too early. I share the grief of losing someone unexpectedly.

  6. I remember Jane from years ago. She was a kind and vivacious friend and I so enjoyed talking with her when ever we happened to meet. I am so sorry for your sudden loss of such a dear person. Marjie Stott

  7. Julie Erlandsen Eide

    Jane was always so much fun to be around. I worked with her at Mercy Hospital in the 80’s. She was in my wedding party. What a beautiful soul and vibrant human being. I am so sorry to hear that she is gone. To Bruce and Susan and family, I pray for comfort for you. Know that she touched many lives while on this earth.

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