Mary Nelson

NELSON, Mary, 90, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida passed away on April 20, 2019 surrounded by loving family. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the United States in the 1950’s Mary later moved to Louisiana from California in 2007 and then in 2014 moved to Land O’ Lakes, Florida.  She was a proud home maker and Methodist in faith.  Mary loved going to the salon to get her hair and nails done on a regular basis.  Her favorite pastime other than spending time with family and friends was playing the penny slots at the casino. Mary also enjoyed going out to eat and would never pass up freshly shucked oysters. 


Mary is preceded in death by her loving husband of 30 plus years, Don; brothers, Hisao Hara, Mitsusharu Hara and Eiichi Kawakami. 


She is survived by her sons, James W. Gay and his wife Stephanie Blythe and Steven Gay and his wife Gaylene; step-children, Robert Nelson and his wife Heather Cooper- Nelson, Donald G. Nelson, and Alaina Nelson and her husband Ron Shelley; grandchildren, Shannon Smith, Shauncey Valencia- Cruz, Jason Gay, Wendi Meyers, Tyler Gay, Emily Gay, Allison Copper-Nelson, Lesley Cooper-Nelson, Kevin Donald Nelson, Krystal Lubic, and Andrew Nelson Allen; great grandchildren, Harley Smith, Kali James Smith, Breeona Rodriquez, Brinley Valencia- Cruz, Ayla Belle Meyers, and Athia Nelson; and good family friend, Chuck Martini. 


A Celebration of Life will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, April 30th at Loyless Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends one hour prior.  Internment to take place at Riverside National Cemetery in California.