Mary Dorothy Nelson

September 22, 1929 ~ February 8, 2021 (age 91)


Mary Dorothy Nelson passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family in Modesto on February 8, 2021. She was born in 1931 in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, NY, to Mark & Lena Marks; Mary was one of 10 siblings in the Marks family.


 She was preceded in death by her husband Rudy Nelson and her beloved son Herman Costa. Mary is survived by her son Dan Costa (Denise) of Modesto, her son Mike Nelson (Shelly) of Modesto, Her Grandchildren Kelsie & Daniel Costa, Ava & Cash Nelson, great-grandchildren Grant Olson and Kariyah Costa.


Mary moved to Modesto, CA, at the age of 19; she had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. She was an excellent chef and took great joy in feeding both family and friends to their delight. With a love of fashion and her keen sense of style, she will always be remembered as nothing less than classy and always impeccable. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mary would often say her proudest accomplishments were her closest friends and her three sons. 


As a devoted Catholic, she felt a deep connection with God. Her family finds comfort knowing that she is now at peace and in the presence of the Lord.  Mary had a big heart and a love for her family. She will always remain in the hearts of all who loved her.


Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes is honored to be providing arrangements for the care of Mary Nelson. On behalf of both the Costa & Nelson Families, they wish to thank you for your love and concern during this difficult time. Services are private and will be limited to immediate family. However, if you wish to send condolences, flowers, or remembrances, please forward them to Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes in Care of Mary Nelson through Friday, February the 12th, 2021

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