Esther Nelson, 90 of Dysart died Friday, July 16, 2010 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Services were held Tuesday, July 20 at the United Methodist Church in Dysart with burial at the Dysart Cemetery. Esther Nelson was born on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1920 near Marshalltown to John and Bertha Poduska Handorf. She attended country grade school near Garwin and later graduated from Garwin High School in 1936. She continued her education at Central Iowa Business College in Marshalltown and then became employed at the Marshall County Agricultural Conservation Office. On Easter Sunday, March 24, 1940 she was united in marriage to Russell Nelson at the Evangelical Chapel Church near Gladbrook. Esther and Russell made their home farming all their married life near Dysart later retiring to town. Her death came on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo at the age of 90 years. Esther had a passion for genealogy and was responsible for the creation of a family tree book of the descendants of Christian and Christina Nelson. She also helped make a Nelson family cook book. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, dancing, playing cards, scrapbooking and reading three daily newspapers. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell in 2005, daughter Jean Nelson in 2001, two sisters; Wilma Beichley and Arlene Bohnsack. She is survived by her son Larry (Adrienne) Nelson of Dysart, two grandchildren; Brett (Robin) Nelson and Melanie (Patrick) Franke and five great grandchildren Jared and Jacob Nelson, Tyler, Alexa and Ashley Franke all of Johnston, two sisters, Maxine Halverson of Marshalltown and Marilyn (Burton) Butler of Cedar Rapids, a sister-in-law Mary Nelson of La Porte City and special nieces and nephews. A memorial fund has been established.