Carla Jean Columbia-Nelson: 1951-2004 |

Carla Jean Columbia-Nelson: 1951-2004

Carla Jean Columbia-Nelson died Dec. 6, 2004, at her home in Craig. She was 53.

Carla Jean Columbia was born April 19, 1951, in Denver to George and Carol (Perry) Columbia.

Nelson was raised primarily in Craig where she attended high school. She married Robert Gary Nelson on Dec. 27, 1995, in Las Vegas. They lived in Grand Junction for five years, but most of their married life was spent in Craig. Nelson was a Certified Nursing Assistant and PCP working for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig and Steamboat Springs. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and sewing, but most of all loved to be near her grandchildren.

Nelson is survived by her husband, Robert G. Nelson, of Craig; daughters Veronica (Kirk) Otero, and Vickie (Jerome) Petterson, both of Craig; daughter-in-law, Trixie Albaugh of Craig; grandchildren Stetson, Sasha, and Joey Otero, Katiecarla and Kara Petterson, and Rusty Regan; father and stepmother George and Fay Columbia of Hotchkiss; sisters Pat Bowen of Marsing, Idaho, and Teresa Sharp of West Covina, Calif.; brothers Bud Barrett of Rimrock, Ariz., and Jeffrey Columbia of Ft. Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

Nelson was preceded in death by her mother, Carol Martin, and a son, Russell Albaugh.

Services were held Dec. 12, 2004, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Gay Albers officiating.

The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown.

Selections were, “Because You Loved Me,” “Old Rugged Cross,” “The Dance,” and “My Heart Will Go On.”

Honorary pallbearers were Kirk Otero, Jerome Petterson, Stetson Otero, and “All Carla’s Many Friends.”

Services were concluded at the mortuary.

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