SANTA ANA, Calif. - Linda R. (Lindholm) Nelson, 53, of Santa Ana, formerly of Kingsford, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
She was born on Dec. 21, 1960, the daughter of Leonard and Jeanette (Beaster) Lindholm.
Linda graduated from Kingsford High School in 1979, and attended cosmetology school in Green Bay. In 1992 she earned her associate degree in nursing from Bay de Noc in Escanaba. She worked as a registered nurse for Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for many years before pursuing her dream of travel nursing in 2003.
Travel nursing brought her to several areas on the west coast, most recently Santa Ana, where she called home for the last six years. She most recently worked for St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., until her diagnosis in November 2012.
Linda loved her job and was dedicated to providing amazing care to her patients and even in her last months of life spoke about how much she missed working.
Linda enjoyed camping, live music, drinking champagne and playing blackjack. She had a love for fast cars as well as driving them fast, which she blamed on her "Lindholm lead foot." She enjoyed bowling in her younger years, playing on many leagues at Recreation Lanes and the former Doug's Hilltop. She enjoyed traveling, people-watching and riding her motorcycle.
Linda will be forever remembered for her sense of humor, her infectious smile and mischievous antics. She was the life of the party with her bold personality.
She was preceded in death by her mother Jeanette and her grandmother Myrtle Beaster.
Linda is survived by her two children, Kristy (Nathan Fleming) Nelson of Aurora, Wis., and Ryan (Jennifer) Nelson of Kingsford. Her father, Leonard (Robin) Lindholm of Kingsford; one brother, Brian (Sandy) Lindholm of Iron Mountain; one grandson and the light of her life, Lucas Perry of Aurora; two nephews, Brandon and Peyton Lindholm of Iron Mountain. She also leaves three stepsisters, Jamie (Richard) Lundholm, Anna (Bryan Beurjey) Vicenzi and Jody Dickerson, all of Iron Mountain. In addition to her family she also leaves her special friend Beth Alstaetter and their Great Dane, Bentley of Santa Ana.
A celebration of Linda's life will be held on Thursday, May 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50.
Burial will be held in Cemetery Park.
Condolences to the family of Linda Nelson may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.