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Feb 26, 2012 - Staff
Joyce Nelson, 81, of Riverton, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in the company of family and friends.
Cremation has taken place. At her request, a private remembrance service will be conducted in the fall.
Joyce Lockwood was born Feb. 15, 1930, in the Midwest, the daughter of William Dale and Pearl (Dewey) Lockwood. She graduated from high school in 1946 in Sour Lake, Texas.
In 1949, the family relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she married Carroll E. Nelson in 1952. They later divorced.
Mrs. Nelson was a homemaker and bookkeeper in the family contracting and ranching businesses.
In 1971, Mrs. Nelson moved to Casper where she raised her family and began a career in the accounting department of the Texaco Refinery. When the refinery closed, she transferred to the Texaco office in Houston where she worked until retirement.
In 1987 she moved to Riverton to be closer to friends and family.
Her family said Mrs. Nelson was an accomplished cook, an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, home decorating and casino gambling.
Survivors include her sons, Wayne Nelson and wife Carol of Casper and Kurt Nelson of Sarasota, Fla.; one niece, and many cousins in Wyoming.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Yvonne Mabrey, and brother Dale Lockwood.