Vanita I. Nelson 1933 - 2008 Shawnee

Services for Vanita I. Nelson, 74, Shawnee will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, at the Monticello United Methodist Church, 23860 W. 75th St., Shawnee. Graveside services will follow at Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, 75th Street and Kansas Highway 7.
Mrs. Nelson died Saturday, March 1, 2008. She was born May 15, 1933, in Syracuse, Kan., to C.K. and Cecile (Vincent) Minter. On June 10, 1951, she married Meyer E. Nelson in Garden City, Kan. During their marriage, they lived in Waynesville, Mo., Wichita and Hutchinson, Kan., and for the past 37 years in the Kansas City area.
Mrs. Nelson graduated in 1980 from Johnson County Community College as a certified medical transcriptionist, a field she worked in for many years. After being diagnosed over 25 years ago with Lyme Disease, she and Meyer co-founded the Lyme Association of Greater Kansas City, which named her president emerita in 2003. Always active in church activities, Mrs. Nelson was named deacon emerita of White Church Christian Church in Kansas City, Kan., in 2004.
Survivors include her husband, Meyer; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Jim Rice; her precious pets, Bridget and Molly B, all of Shawnee; three brothers Ken Minter, Garden City; Jack Minter, Lubbock, Texas; and Bob Minter, Holcomb, Kan.; and two sisters, Marie Messerly and Bev Dreiling, both of Garden City. Online condolences may be expressed at Arr.: Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.