Pearl Dunigan's sister Maurine Nelson passed on Saturday night, October 17, 2015. She was 97 years old. She was a dear, sweet, loving and kind lady and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We will be hosting a memorial at 10am October 24 at Bethlehem Masonic Lodge in Belen. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, available online https://donatenow.heart.org/
Maurine Nelson, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 17, 20l5.
She was born on September 5, 1918, in El Vado, NM - right where the lake is now.
The town was moved to create the lake. There was one brother in their family, Harold Browning, and Pearl was her only sister.
The family moved to Long Beach, California, where Pearl was born. Maurine loved spending her summer and leisure hours on the beach there.
When Dad moved the family to Lindrith, NM, she was in her junior year of High School and went to live with Dad's Brother’s family in Burkburnett, Texas, to finish High School. When she finished High School, she married and began her family.
When Donnie, her oldest son, was a little over a year old, they moved to Albuquerque, where her other two sons, Derrell and Kenneth, were born.
Later in life, she attended Beauty College and spent several years as a Beautician.
She never belonged to any organization until she joined Eastern Star - to be able to travel with Pearl and attend the meetings, instead of sitting outside the door reading! She treasured the many
friends she made in Star. Maurine also belonged to the Ladies of the Moose, though was not active in that organization.
Five or six years ago, when Pearl started collecting food coupons for the use of Military Families overseas, Maurine felt it was her job to trim the ones that were not quite cut close enough to the dotted lines so that every bit of postage was used to benefit the families.
She was a joy to her family and to all who knew her. She was a true homemaker and enjoyed it very much. And everyone who knew her knew she was a true lady. Pearl remembers when they were living in Lindrith and they were playing cards - sitting on the floor, barefooted, when a neighbor boy came to the door. She would not get up off the floor the entire time he was there - she didn't want him to see her bare feet! And while living in California later in life, she would not so much as go down the hall of the apartment building where she was living in to get her mail without her hair combed and makeup on. She was very fastidious about her appearance.
Since the sisters were born before "talkies", when Maurine took Pearl to the movies, she would have to read the captions and not being all that old herself, Maurine used to say that many times she would just say anything figuring Pearl wouldn't know the difference! Once, Maurine lost her money on the bus on the way to the movie and was scared of how she would get them home. She finally asked the ticket girl to loan her a dime for bus fare and returned the next day to return the loan.
Maurine had 3 boys, Donnie, Derrell, and Kenneth, but lost Derrell when he was in his 50-s due to a brain tumor. Kenneth didn’t have any children, but her son, Donnie has several children. Unfortunately, they live out of state, so she didn't get to see them very often. However, she saw Pearl's two girls more often, as she and Pearl were so very close and they shared all of their life together. Kenneth helped to care for his mother and Pearl for many years, living with them here in Los Lunas.
Our Thought and Prayers are with Pearl and Kenneth. Maurine is going to be sorely and lovingly missed by all who knew her.