Twyla Nelson

Twyla Nelson


March 5, 1939 - August 12, 2022


Twyla Nelson, 83, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, August 12, 2022, at her home under hospice care. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, August 20, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Rock Creek Cemetery in rural Mitchell.

Twyla Renay Johnson-Nelson was born March 5th, 1939, to Joseph and Augusta (Sannes) Johnson in Mobridge, SD. She slipped the surly bonds of earth on Friday, August 12th, 2022 while at her home under hospice care surrounded by her family in rural Mitchell, SD.

From earliest memories she had a keen awareness of God, a burning love of the Bible, and a consuming desire to serve Him. Even as a small child when asked what she was going to be when she grew up, “a missionary" and "a mother" were the regular answers.

At an early age she began suffering a chronic muscle condition which worsened over the years, causing her discomfort and recurring pain which combined with her sensitive, responsive nature led her to seek the solitude of the Bible, books, and music. She became an accomplished pianist and prolific writer.

After education in small country schools and high schools near home, she married Tillman Nelson on September 8th, 1955, a Bible college student to whom she was drawn because of their mutual love of the Bible and call to Christian service. She joined him in Bible college, and they went on to fulfill her two childhood dreams of being a missionary and a mother. They have thirteen children. They raised their children as they ministered on various mission fields; first in Cuba, where they learned Spanish, then Peru, and throughout Latin and North America. Most of her work was traveling in evangelistic services where she and her husband ministered through preaching, teaching, and music.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tillman; daughters, Tamara June, Twylieta Joy, and Teresa Juana; her parents, “Joe” & “Tootsie”; and her only brother, Vernon.

She is survived by:

10 Children: Tim, Tami, Joyce, Judy, John, Faith, Ted, Johanna, Tala Joeline, and Zahava

41 Grandchildren (plus step-grandchildren): Hannah, Hope, Mosheh, Sarah, Ruthy, Nathan, Sara, Josue, Jabes, Gloriana, Priscila, Esdras, Tael, Josias, Beni, Jessica, Jim, Joel, Palmer, Jamie, Martin, Michael, Mikala, Martika, Denise, Trey, Joseph, Jacob, Noah, Anthony, Aaron, Alex, Joe, Izaak, Emily, Ian, Amy, Reagan, Annabella, Joslyn, Marcus, and Tikvah.

48 Great Grandchildren: Josiah, Markus, Isaiah, Jubilee, Karis, Abigail, Judah, Lydia, Kezia, Brennan, Alanna, Crystalline, Azariah, Cedric, Jedidiah, Andrew, Logan, Levi, Savannah, Nichole, Nadia, Otter, Judah, Kimberly, Azul, Ian, Sergio, Fernando, Amy, Markus, Lucas, Marianna, Benjamin, Katherine, Angeline, Annie, Adrian, Hallie, Harper, Malakai, Raylee, Michael, Kade, Laz, Avery, Brylynn, Mickiah, Clint, Lea, Evelyn, Aiden, Derick, Zelda, Lilah, Theo, Tristan, and Oliva.

The family wishes to thank Avera@Home hospice team for all the love & support that was provided to Twyla and the family.



Friday, August 19, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD


Saturday, August 20, 2022
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD


Rock Creek Cemetery
Rural Mitchell, SD

Posted by Janet Thill and family on August 30, 2022
Prayers for your family on your loss.
Posted by Kathryn Louise Sannes Rentz on August 25, 2022
Our condolences to all of you. I have loads of memories from spending time at Aunt Tootsie & Uncle Joe's and visiting with and hearing of all the travels of Twyla & Tillman and the family.
Posted by John Sannes on August 25, 2022
Sorry for your loss!

of memories of the Nelson family!
Posted by Barbara Hawkins on August 25, 2022
I remember visiting the family at Joe & Tootsie's. What a wonderful
Posted by LaVida Dickinson on August 20, 2022
Cousin Twyla called me "Little Sister" when we were growing up, and she and my sister were my teachers when we played school. She will be missed by many, and I pray for comfort for all of us.
Posted by Harlan and Mary on August 19, 2022
Twyla was such a blessing every time we had a chance to visit. Always wanting to know about what we were doing and how my garden was doing. She touched many lives and was so loved.
Posted by Rick and Becky Eggebrecht on August 17, 2022
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for the Lord's peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Ed and Lorna Peterson on August 16, 2022
So sorry for your loosing sweet Twyla, but we rejoice she is free, whole, & well, walking in Glory with her Savior Jesus and loved ones gone ahead. Praise His Name!!.
Posted by Donnie Roubideaux on August 14, 2022
Sorry for your lost, praying for the family!
Posted by Neil Sogge on August 14, 2022
God's comfort be to the dear family that Twyla so loved.
Posted by Margaret and Juan Velazquez on August 14, 2022
May the God of all peace comfort your hearts! Love and prayers to all her family and friends! She was such a sweet lady!
Posted by Keith Hunt on August 13, 2022
Love and care to all of you. What a joy and hope to see our loved ones again; all because of Jesus.
Posted by Brooke Wegehaupt on August 13, 2022
Many prayers & thoughts your family!
Posted by Loyal Waud. on August 13, 2022
I have been praying for her, lately, that God would carry her and hold her close in His arms. She is home, now.
Posted by Matthew Bray Nimeth on August 13, 2022
Sorry for your loss. It is but temporary.
Posted by Scott Marshall on August 13, 2022
I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I am so glad I was able to spend some time with her at the Ranch in Mitchell. I always looked forward to our talks. BIG hUgs and Love to you all.
Posted by Judy and Dave McCarthy on August 13, 2022
We are so sad for your loss and so thankful for the memories that fill your heart.. May they provide comfort now and in the days to come.
Posted by Rollo Gallion on August 13, 2022
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