Virginia M. "Ginny" Nelson, 77, of rural Cambridge, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022, on a country road near her family farm in Munson Township. Per her wishes, cremation has been accorded and there will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Virginia Nelson Memorial Fund.
Virginia Marie Vincent was born August 6, 1944 in Geneseo, IL the Daughter of Wayne and Vivian Larson Vincent. She was named after her mother's twin sister. Ginny was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1962, where she was voted Homecoming Queen her senior year. She shared many happy memories of growing up on a farm, high school friends and drag racing her car. After graduation, she worked at People's National Bank in Kewanee. On December 28, 1963, Ginny married her high school sweetheart, Richard Nelson, in Cambridge. The couple lived in Carbondale, Illinois and Ames, Iowa while Rich was attending college and then settled in rural Cambridge where they have lived ever since that time. Rich passed away on November 3, 2020.
Ginny was a homemaker and enjoyed her life in the country helping on the farm. She operated Gina's Boutique in Geneseo in the mid 1980's for several years. Later on, she assisted Rich with his furniture business, attending furniture shows throughout the U.S., including a special trip to South Africa. She especially loved the Southwest U.S., and collecting Native American jewelry. Ginny loved to entertain and was a very good cook. She enjoyed horses, birds, cats, dogs, and her flowers. She liked to watch westerns, especially including John Wayne, and true crime shows on TV. Her memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church and Valley View Club of Cambridge. Ginny's motto was "you have to roll with the flow" and she promised her friends that she would "never die in bed" (knee slap).
Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Gina (Rich) Goodwin, Cambridge, sons and daughter-in-law, Chad Nelson, Glendale, AZ, Garret (Xinyi) Nelson, Bettendorf, IA, and a grandson, Blake (Jessica) Banovitz, Suwanee, GA. Other survivors include a step-grandson, Max Huang, Bettendorf, IA, two great granddaughters, Kaia and Tait Banovitz, her uncle (who was raised with her as a brother) Virgil "Pete" Larson, CA, brothers-in-law Stanley (Sylvia) Nelson, Harlingen, TX, John (Sarah) Nelson, Tucson, AZ, and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, her husband, and a brother, Arlon Vincent, a brother-in-law, Glenn Nelson, and her former sister-in-law, Susan Rubin, several relatives, and close friends, and her beloved cat, Lucky, preceded her in death.