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Ardis Nelson-Hansen

October 4, 1923 — February 3, 2024

Ardis (Mortenson) Nelson-Hansen, 100, of Fergus Falls, died Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Battle Lake.

Ardis was born October 4, 1923, in Fergus Falls, to Fred and Sarah (Carlsen) Mortenson and was raised in Underwood. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Sverdrup Lutheran Church in Underwood. She graduated from high school in 1941. She also graduated from the Minnesota School of Business.

She married Russell W. Nelson April 19, 1943, at Sverdrup Lutheran Church. They had two children, Ronald W. and Cheryl A. They lived in various places including Osseo, Champlin, and Dayton, MN. After retirement they moved to Fergus Falls where they were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Ardis started her career in oil painting and she became a very accomplished artist of wildlife and landscapes. She belonged to the Art of the Lakes Gallery in Battle Lake. Many family and friends enjoyed her paintings and she participated in many art shows. When not painting Ardis enjoyed hunting, fishing and family events.

After Russ passed away in 1993, she married Cullen Hansen, November 15, 1995. They enjoyed several years together and did some traveling, including a trip to Denmark and Norway.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Sarah Mortenson; brother, Lowell Mortenson; and husbands, Russell Nelson and Cullen Hansen.

Survivors include, her son, Reverend Ron (Christine) Nelson of Ames, IA; daughter, Cheryl (Pat) Hammers of Dent; sister-in-law, Peggy Fosse of Maple Grove; seven grandchildren, Ingrid (Doug) Cohen, Matthew (Jennifer) Nelson, Lucas (Beth) Nelson, Annie (Jordan) Atterberry, Stephanie Hammers, Phillip (Kelly) Hammers and Sarah (Jed) Perkerewicz; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2024 at Olson Funeral and Cremation in Fergus Falls with a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February, 10, 2024 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

Clergy: Reverend Loren Mellum

Interment: Sverdrup Cemetery, Underwood, MN

Arrangements provided by Olson Funeral and Cremation in Fergus Falls.

Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com

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