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Marvin Dean Nelson, age 84, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was a retired United Methodist Minister with 65 years of faithful service to several churches throughout Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife Kaye Dene Nelson; his son Doug Nelson and his wife Kayce, Catoosa, OK; daughter Mary Beth Ziba and her husband Rob, Oklahoma City, OK; daughter Kylie Goering and husband Ryan, Moundridge, KS; son Matthew Irving and wife Sharee, Asher, OK; and son-in-law Glenn Marsh, Pond Creek, OK; sister Alberta Peters; 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Katherine Marsh; his parents Clarence and Clara Mae Nelson; brothers and sisters.
On January 8, 1953 in an old dormitory at Oklahoma City University, Marvin accepted Jesus Christ’s eternal love into his life. In 1957, he graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts, graduated from Phillips University on May 13th, 1962, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1999 from OCU. He earned the Office of Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1962. During his 65 years of active ministry he served many churches throughout the state including Mayfair Heights UMC, Guthrie First UMC, New Covenant UMC, Hunter UMC, Cushing UMC, Cremlin UMC, & St. John’s UMC. He served as a District Superintendent for the Woodward District and he served as a Corporate Chaplain for John Vance Auto Group for a number of years.
His special talent was mentoring young people going into the ministry and was always available to assist those in need. He was generous with his time, his talent, and his love for his fellow men and women.
The family wishes to express gratitude and thanks to Frontier Hospice and all who tended to Marvin in his final days. Your kindness and generosity were above and beyond expectations.
His life celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 1:00 pm, New Covenant United Methodist Church, 2700 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK 73013. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have memorials made to either Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church, 3131 NW 50th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112; Frontier Hospice, 221 N Service RD. Suite D, Moore, OK 73160; or to the Marvin and Kaye Nelson Ministry Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma City University, at the United Methodist Foundation in Oklahoma City, OK.