Patricia (Rollins) Nelson

April 15, 1929 ~ May 27, 2018 (age 89)

Patricia (Rollins) Nelson, 89, passed away on Sunday May 27, 2018 at Mountain View Community, Ossipee, New Hampshire after courageously battling Alzheimers.

She was born April 15, 1929 in Dover, New Hampshire, the daughter of Howard A.  Rollins and Helen (Avery) Rollins.

She attended Northfield School for Girls in Northfield, MA and the University of Connecticut graduating with a BS degree in the School of Business in 1951. Patricia met her husband, Robert W. Nelson at the boys school, Mount Hermon and also attended the University of Connecticut where they were married their senior year of college, November 25, 1950 during a hurricane.

“Patsy” epitomized the sweet spirit of both a Proverbs 31 woman and a military officer’s spouse by her untiring involvement working as a secretary with two businesses in Columbus, Georgia; Nursery School Director/Teacher in the Canal Zone of Panama, Co-Owner and Layout Editor of an Advertising/Community Affairs Magazine at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Elementary School Library Aide in Fairfax, Virginia plus many volunteer activities including Red Cross, Army Community Services, Thrift Shops and Officers Wives Clubs.After Robert’s retirement from the Army, they moved to Wolfeboro in 1978. They were both active with the Huggins Hospital Street Fair as volunteers and as Chairman, and with Meals on Wheels. While she served on the Board of Trustees of Huggins Hospital, she was instrumental in getting Sugar Hill Retirement Community established and built. She was a member and past President of the Hospital Aid Association.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church where she was the chairman of the Chancel Committee for many years. Quilting was a favorite pastime and she was a member and past President of The New England Quilters Guild, founding member of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as a founding member and past President of the Ladies of the Lake Quilters Guild. She was a member of PEO since 1988 as a member of Chapter G, New Hampshire.

She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert W. Nelson and her brother Howard A. Rollins and their parents.  She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Nelson) Gurnari of Gilford, NH; a son, Lt Col (US Army Retired) Karl H. Nelson of Marietta, GA; a son, Scott C. Nelson of Watkinsville, GA, and a daughter, Karen (Nelson-Desaulniers) Moore of Wolfeboro, NH; a brother Richard A. Rollins of Tuftonboro, NH, a sister- in- law Carol Reid of Peabody, MA, eight grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain View Community for their compassionate care for Patsy the past three years.

Calling Hours will be on Friday June 29, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Lord Funeral Home in Wolfeboro.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the First Congregational Church on South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Mountain View Community Resident Fund, 93 Water Village Road, Ossipee, NH, or the Alzheimer's Association at

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