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Virginia "Ginny" Strange '62


Virginia Strange "Ginny" Nelson, 71, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, made her final journey to be with her heavenly Father on February 23, 2016. She was born July 25, 1944 in Shreveport , Louisiana to Nelwyn Tooke Strange and James Doyle Strange. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and only sibling, James Tooke Strange. Ginny is survived by the love of her life Edwin Leonard "Bud" Nelson, sons Richard Ward Bartlett Davis and Matthew James Nelson, and daughter Alexis Catherine Nelson Jasek, son-in-law Glen Jasek, daughter-in-law Carolyn Haynes Davis, daughter-in-law Daniella Lockwood Nelson grandsons Luke Alexander, Joshua Haynes Tooke, Aaron Richard, Paul Forest Carter, Priscilla Elizabeth, and Timothy Don Edwin Davis; Nicklaus James and Noah Nelson Jasek and Sierra Jade Nelson. She is also survived by step-sons Lars and Eric Nelson, step-daughter Christy Carolyn Nelson, step-grandchildren Isabel Nelson, Logan Nelson and Ashley Nelson and step-daughter-in-laws Susanne Nelson and Lisa Nelson.

Ginny spent her early life as a military dependent living all over the United States and Europe . She attended high school in Paris , France and loved the time she spent there. It was an inspiration for her whole life. She graduated from the New York School of Interior Design and received her B.A. from the University of Houston . In 2001, she fulfilled a lifetime dream of attending law school when she was accepted to South Texas College of Law in Houston , Texas .

She moved to Houston in 1971 and worked as a designer and as a construction estimator before joining Connecticut General Life Insurance Company as a financial planner. In 1976 she married Edwin Leonard "Bud" Nelson, who adopted two of her three children from a prior marriage. She and Bud bought a small ranch in Lavaca County , where they lived for ten years with their younger children, before moving to The Woodlands in 1991. While in The Woodlands, Ginny served as Secretary/Treasurer for SSA Inc., a sales agency she and her husband owned. Also in The Woodlands, Ginny worked for various non-profit and charitable groups. She served as President of the Newcomer's Club of The Woodlands, Treasurer for Argonauta, Board of Directors for Woodlands Living Arts Council, and Secretary for Montgomery County Council of Women's Organizations. The Nelsons moved to April Sound in 1997 when they retired and Ginny served as 1st Vice President of the April Sound Ladies Association and on the Board of Governors for the April Sound Country Club. She was most proud of her work as a child advocate for CASA. Ginny loved oil painting and helping relatives, friends and clients with their decorating dilemmas.

Ginny loved her family with a passion and intensity that ruled her entire life. Her whole life she strove to impart a "joie de vivre" into all of their lives and share with them her generosity of spirit. They were, and will always be, her grandest joy.

A Memorial service will be held at April Sound Church March 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.; the family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, and for those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or to CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, Conroe, Texas.