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Funeral services for Dr. Mary Jane Nelson, 78, of Tishomingo, Okla., will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Tishomingo. Rev. Luke Holmes Officiating. Interment will follow in the Tishomingo Cemetery. Dr. Nelson passed away May 12, 2018 at the Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the funeral home.
Mary Jane (Bennett) Nelson was born May 24, 1939 at a clinic on the second floor of the old Walker Hotel in Tishomingo to J.C. and Mary (Baker) Bennett, Jr. She is the granddaughter of John Claude and Nolen Zenobia(Jones) Bennett, early pioneers to Johnston County, and Welcome Ledbetter and Emma (Wright) Baker settlers in Willis, Okla.
Mary Jane attended Tishomingo schools all 12 years, graduating as Valedictorian in 1957. She was district officer for 4-H and Future Homemakers of America. She was Basketball Queen her Senior Year. She attended Murray College, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and University of Oklahoma, earning a B.S. in Business Education in 1964, a M.B.E. in 1967, a Ph.D. in 1972 and a second masters in Psychology in 1985. She taught 25 years (1967 - 1992) in the College of Business at UCO; in 1992 she became the Chair of the MBA and Associate Dean at Dallas Baptist University, and was promoted to Dean in 1994. She retired the Dean's position in 1996 and has taught full-time as a graduate management professor since that time.
Dr. Nelson has served her church as an adult bible teacher since 1968, and her community as an officer of the Alumni Association, county hospital board, Historical and Genealogical society, Tishomingo Refuge Ecological & Educational Society, Arbuckle Simpson Nature Festival, 4-H scholarship foundation, the county Democratic Party, and was a member of AAUP serving as state conference president in 1991-1992, Delta Mu Delta, Delta Pi Epsilon, Pi Omega Pi, Phi Theta Kappa, and Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Survivors include three children: Jeffrey Ray Nelson, DDS, and wife Sheila of Kingston, Okla., Ed Bennett Nelson and wife Karen of Flower Mound, Texas, and Mary Allyson Nelson Feerer and husband Leslie Feerer of Fargo, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren: Nate Nelson and wife Jennifer of Rowlett, Texas, Nicole Campbell and husband Cody Campbell of Oklahoma City, Okla., Cody and Jake Nelson of Flower Mound, Texas, Heather and Ryan Harber of Fargo, Okla., Bobby Holder, JC Nelson, Abi Nelson, and Amy Nelson of Kingston, Okla., and Rylie Feerer of Fargo, Okla.; three great-grandchildren: Mollie Nelson, Emma Campbell and Kate Nelson.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Service of Tishomingo.
Online condolences may be made at ClarkFuneralService.net.
Published on May 15, 2018
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