DEXTER – Muriel (Dow) Nelson, 99, wife of the late Leigh Nelson, died Jan. 13, 2013, at a Pittsfield nursing home. She was born June 26, 1913, in Mapleton, daughter of Marley and Mae (Ridgewell) Dow.
She worked for New England Telephone and Telegraph Co., Presque Isle, as a telephone operator for several years, later moving to Dexter in 1940, where she continued to work for the telephone company until they went to dial in 1954. She later retired from Dexter Shoe Co. in 1972. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dexter, Golden Age Club, Senior Citizens of Corinna, and as a volunteer for the Meals for ME program for many years. She will be remembered for her wonderful cooking and how much her family meant to her.
She was the last surviving member of a family of 11; and was also predeceased by a daughter, Elaine, in 1939; and husband in 1993. She is survived by a son, R. Dale Nelson and companion, Carol Miller, of Winterport; daughter, Linda Clukey and husband, David, of Dexter; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Dana Nickerson of Presque Isle.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main St., Dexter, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Andrew Bermudez officiating. Spring burial will be at Crocker Cemetery, St. Albans. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 573, Dexter, ME 04930. For an online guest register, go to