McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


February 14, 2014

Mary Ann Nelson

McALESTER — Mary Ann Nelson, 69, of Bullard, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Meadow Lake Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brumley-Mills Chapel. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born Dec. 10, 1944, in Watsonville, Calif., she was the daughter of Carl and Mary (Allbright) Yates. She grew up in McAlester since the age of 7 years and graduated from McAlester High School and then received an associate degree in business.

She married Jay Nelson in 1968, in McAlester. They owned and operated the Greyhound Bus terminal franchise in McAlester for many years until they moved to Tyler, Texas with the Greyhound franchise there.

They enjoyed working with horses, specifically cutting horses. She and her husband were well known as breeders, trainers and competitors in the cutting horse arena.

Survivors include her husband, Jay Nelson, of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth Patrick and Debbie Nelson, of Eufaula, and Robert Clark Nelson, Bullard, Texas; grandchildren, Nicole Nelson, Felicia (Nelson) Arpoika and John William Nelson III; three great-grandchildren, and a nephew, Scott Nelson and  his wife, Angie, of McAlester.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Wayne Marion Nelson; a brother, Tommy C. Yates, and a sister, Carla Davidson.

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