Sandra "Sandy" Nelson

Sandra "Sandy" Nelson


January 2, 1950 - April 26, 2022


Sandra “Sandy” Nelson, 72, of Mitchell, SD, after a lengthy hospital stay and a long courageous battle, passed away late Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls surrounded by her loving children. Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Saturday, April 30, at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at the church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Sandra Kay Nelson was born January 2, 1950, in Parkston, SD to Carl Christian Larson and Helen Waunita (Thurman) Larson. The family resided on the family farm North of Ethan, SD. Sandy went to a one-room country school for eight years, and then went on to graduate from Ethan High School in 1968. After her father passed away when she was 12, Helen sold the family farm and moved to Mitchell. Sandy attended school at Mitchell Area Vocational Technical School where she received her nursing degree. Her first job was at Methodist Hospital where she worked for 10 years as a nurse. She then went to work at Delaney Clinic/Avera Health where she worked for 42 years as a nurse with Dr. Margallo, whom she adored. Sandy had a passion for caring for others and always put others first. She was still working part-time up until a month into her recent hospitalization. Although Sandy suffered for many years with health issues, she never once did complain.

She was a proud mother of three children and grandmother to TRIPLETS! She enjoyed her weekly Wednesday morning coffee with her best friend, sister Phyllis Mutziger, and niece Carla Bender at Fanny Horner’s. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church her entire life, her sorority group Beta Sigma Phi, and volunteered time with her husband with Mitchell Exchange Club. Sandy was also a Mitchell Kernel Basketball fanatic and enjoyed attending the state tournaments.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Milton Nelson of Mitchell; sons, Jason (Tiffany) of Rapid City, SD and Elliot (Amy) of La Crosse, WI; daughter, Chelsea (Travis) Dagen; grandchildren, Preslee, Maddix, and Jaxon; sister, Phyllis (David) of Mitchell; brother, Ronald Larson of Fremont, NE; and sister-in-law, Rose Larson of Sioux Falls. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Helen Larson; brothers, Larry and Carl; and her first husband, Allen Thury.



Friday, April 29, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, April 30, 2022
11:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jon Graves on May 8, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Sandy was a very special classmate and good friend. She always had a smile and fun to be around.
Posted by Phil Carlson on May 4, 2022
Milt and Family, I'm so sorry to learn of Sandy's passing. You are all in my prayers.
Posted by Janeen & Jim Hildebrand on May 3, 2022
Milt and Family, we are so sorry to hear about Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Doug and Judy Gjesdal on May 2, 2022
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Peggy Thurman Richarz & Family on May 2, 2022
My deepest condolences to the family. Sandy was such a kind sweet soul and she will be dearly missed.
Posted by Jim Piper on May 2, 2022
Blessed to have crossed paths with Sandy, she will be missed. Thinking of all the family.
Posted by John and Lisa Hagerty on April 30, 2022
My deepest condolences to the Nelson family.. Many prayers for you all and may God wrap his loving arms around each of you.
Posted by Tim and Millie Wermers on April 30, 2022
Milt and family. So sorry for your loss. She was so very helpful when we had to visit Dr. Margello.
Posted by Donna Korus on April 30, 2022
Oh my, I will miss Sandy when I go to Dr. Margallo's office. She was so friendly and always called me by name. She was such a kind lady. My sympathy to Milt and his family.
Posted by Susan Lassegard Osteen on April 29, 2022
My heart is broken for all of her dearly loved family and friends. The slide show brought back so many wonderful memories. That is what we all must cling to now as the journey through grief begins. 😢😢❤️❤️
Posted by Stephanie Lassegard George on April 29, 2022
What a wonderful slide show. Thanks for including some of my folks.The pictures brought back so many memories. My heartfelt sympathy to you all. Sandy will be surely missed by so many that were lucky to have her in their lives.
Posted by Sherri Lassegard Luttrell on April 29, 2022
The slide show brought back a lot of memories. I am so sorry for your loss. Sandy was such a strong woman, and always kind. May the Lord give you strength and peace.
Posted by LoRayne Johnson Whitehead on April 29, 2022
Sorry for you loss, Sandy was a good nurse when we worked together at Methodist.
Posted by Lisa and Keith Johnson on April 29, 2022
Our sympathies- Sandy was an amazing nurse!
Posted by DeAnna & Delbert Hiemstra on April 29, 2022
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Posted by Robyn Bartunek on April 29, 2022
Chelsea and family I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Connie Swenson on April 28, 2022
My sincerest sympathy to Family of Sandy. Peace be with you.
Posted by Marge Wagner on April 28, 2022
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Michelle Everson & Richard Markhardt Family on April 28, 2022
Sincere condolences to the (Milt) Nelson and (Chelsea) Dagen family on the loss of your beautiful mother, grandmother Sandy, (wife), and friend. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kevin Thurman and Family on April 27, 2022
Sorry for Your loss. Sandy was a kind, hard working Lady that will be missed.
Posted by David and Elaine Bialas on April 27, 2022
Sandy always had that great smile. She was very special and will be greatly missed.
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