Jane Harriet Sherman Nelson, 89


By Tribune - Posted on 11 March 2009

  Jane Harriet Sherman Nelson, 89 of Polson was born January 30, 1920, dying in her beloved home of 61 years March 4, 2009 surrounded by her family.

   Born in Terry, Mont., she was the daughter of Dr. Leigh W. Sherman, a pioneer dentist in Eastern Montana.  
   Jane’s youth in the “Wilds” of Eastern Montana was full of adventure, stories that she enjoyed recounting in later years.  She loved telling of using a dead cow as a trampoline, playing with Evelyn Cameron’s tamed wolves and playing first base on the Terrier’s Baseball Team. These activities kept her busy when she wasn’t studying to become the Valedictorian of Terry’s Class of 1938.
   College studies first took her to Northfield Minnesota.  She transfered to Montana State College in Bozeman, where she met Toby, her future husband.  Jane graduated with Phi Kappa Phi honors from MSC and belonged to the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.
   Jane and Toby were married in 1942 in Bozeman.  Toby was soon called into World War II where he served in Germany.  He belonged to the Special Service Unit of the Army and was wounded at the Manheim Stadium while referring a football game.  While Toby was in Germany, Jane lived with her mother-in-law due to the recent death of her own mother.  Judith Ann (Jan) was born VE Day, May 7, 1945.  
   They moved to Polson in 1947 for Toby’s first teaching job.  
   Sandy was born on Christmas Day 1948.  Steve came along in 1951, Ginny in 1954, and Amy in 1955, completing what Jane fondly referred to as “The Nelson’s Nuthouse”.
   Jane was a faithful Christian who found a nurturing home in Polson’s First Baptist Church.     Jane was a coach’s wife and loved the Polson Pirates.  She thoroughly enjoyed watching, especially her grandchildren, excel in their athletic and scholastic ventures.
  Her 5 children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and spouses, 5 great grandchildren along with a Village of wonderfully supportive friends survive Jane.
   Please send memorials to First Baptist Church to benefit their Awana Program or to Mission Valley Friends of the Arts.  
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