Mary Belle Little Nelson

Birth Date: 
Friday, November 30, 1928
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Together Again

Mary Belle Little Nelson of Shreve passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the home of her youngest daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Keith Dunbar.

Mary was born November 30, 1928 in Wooster to Laura and John Little.

Mom married our dad, Virgil J. Nelson, on September 12, 1947. Mom worked at the Daily Record for 20 years as the editor of the TV Tab while raising five children at our home on McDonald Street. After Mom and Dad retired they moved to the country near Shreve and built a new home. They continued working part time at their sons’ restaurant, the Des Dutch Essenhaus in Shreve.

Mom and Dad loved to fish, mom probably more than Dad, and we always thought she was the better fisherman. They spent over 40 years in the summers at our cottage in Northern Ontario, fishing with their children’s families and teaching the grandchildren and great grandchildren to fish and enjoy the Canadian landscape. It was their special place and we were blessed to spend all those summers together.

Mom was a life long member of the First Church of God on Akron Road and an active member of the TNT Class. Mom was preceded in death by Dad, her husband of 70 years, on September 15, 2017 and her sister Margaret Grimwood.

She is survived by their children John (Debi) Nelson, Jim (Susie) Nelson, Carol (Rick) Middleton, Bill (Rosanna) Nelson and Vicki (Keith) Dunbar; Grandchildren Adrienne (Ben) Byo, Alyssa (Sean) Piper, Erin (Chris) Webber, Megan (Mike) Shryock, Jamie (Jake) Scott, A.J. (Chelsea) Nelson, Johnny (Shruti) Nelson, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Rachel Nelson, Danny Nelson, Ethan Dunbar, Jacob (Emily) Dunbar and Emily Dunbar; Great Grandchildren Taylor and Parker Byo, Allison and Sidney Webber, Cohen and Hadley Belle Shryock, Knox Piper, Decklyn Scott and two more great grandchildren due in May and July. Mom is also survived by her younger sister Joan Jewel.

A private family burial will take place on Friday, April 2, 2021.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in mom’s name to the TNT Class at the First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.

McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St. Wooster is assisting the family.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in mom’s name to the TNT Class at the First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.


A Celebration of Life Servicer will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  at the First Church of God, 1953 Akron Rd., Wooster


My deepest sympathy to the Nelson family. Your Mom (and Dad) were so lovely. We lived a street below you on Park Drive when you were on McDonald street. I always wondered how you all fit in that tiny house! I had been attending the TNT class with my Mom (before she passed last year) and got to talk with your parents at the class parties. At one of the parties Virgil gave me some dating advice. He was a good story teller and your Mom thought it was funny when I called her Mary Belle. They were always so nice to talk to. It's hard to think of one without the other they were such a wonderful couple. They have been a part of the First Church of God family and my life as long as I remember and will truly be missed. It is hard to see all the good ones go but we will all meet again someday. My prayers for you at this difficult time.

Sending prayers and love to you all. What a beautiful legacy she left with her family. May God give you comfort in you wonderful memories.

So sorry for your loss.
As Bill always says-The Millers

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a sweet lady.

Was sorry to read about your mother's passing. I remember her as a kind and gentle woman who was very proud of her family. May you find comfort in knowing that this good-bye is only temporary.
My sympathy and love to all of the Nelsons.

My sincere condolences to the Nelson family in your loss. And, thank you Mary for your years of support of your Shreve family and Community.

Your Grandmother Nelson and your parents lived beside us on E. Henry St., in Wooster. I so loved your mother. She was the kindest most loving person. She so loved her family and life itself. I worked with your Aunt JoAnn Jewel and I know this will be difficult for her too. Your mom and your dad are celebrating being together again in Heaven! My deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

Our prayers are with all of you your mom was like a second mom to me when we were neighbors

Vicki - Wishing you and the whole family peace and comfort at this time. Cherish the memories.

So sorry to have heard of your moms passing. May your loving memories of her ( and your dad) help to get you through the toughest of days.

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