Glenda Kay (Polson) Nelson

Glenda Kay (Polson) Nelson

Glenda Kay (Polson) Nelson

Cedar Rapids

Glenda Kay Nelson (Polson) was born in Glasgow, Ky., on Jan. 3, 1939. She died suddenly on Nov. 4, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, surrounded by family.

Glenda is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Nelson; her son, Bill Crouch; her daughters, Becky Jones (Jeff Bond), Bonny Steele (Todd Steele) and Angela Birchler (Daniel Birchler); his daughter, Pamela Nelson; his sons, Rick Nelson (Lina Nelson) and Roger Nelson (Peggy Nelson); 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; and five nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Hughie Polson; her special beagle boys, Bentley and Oliver, and one dirty old mutt named Bubba.

Glenda loved her family fiercely, and although it was mixed with her husband’s family when they married in 1978, she never considered her stepkids as anything other than her own children. She loved doting on her grand kids, and as the great-grandchildren were born or joined the family, Glenda only grew prouder. She was able to meet all of them, including the four born during the pandemic.

Before she retired, Glenda worked over a decade at Toys R Us. She made many lifelong friends there and often thought fondly of memories made at “the store” over the years.

She loved cooking, baking, crocheting, counted cross-stitch and other crafts. Glenda always had a puzzle book by her chair, crosswords and sudoku were her favorite. She also had quite the appetite for putting together jigsaw puzzles, and did not shy away from the big or difficult ones. Glenda was also a big fan of bingo and always made sure to have her green dabber at the ready.

Glenda also amassed an enormous Coca-Cola collection. Although she gave up drinking it for health reasons in the 90s, she always loved to snag something for her collection. She was so very fond of Christmas as well. Glenda loved picking out something special for each member of the family, whether it was homemade, store-bought or something hand-picked from one of her other collections, which included bells, green Depression glass, carousel horses and Santa Claus.

Glenda was a beautiful, funny and sassy lady. She didn’t take guff from anyone, she told it like it was and, if she loved you, that love was unending. She touched so many lives, she will be missed by many and she will never be forgotten. Per her wishes, we will not have a funeral; instead we are planning a Celebration of Life for Glenda on May 27, 2023.

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