Nelson was born on October 26, 1934 in Elmira, New York, the youngest daughter of the late Edward Allen Mooers and Nellie Welles Mooers.
She was predeceased by her sister Mary Welles Mooers Smith and beloved family friend Thelma Steele.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years the Reverend Dr. Arie Johannes "Han" van den Blink; children Arie Johannes "Jan" van den Blink (Clare), Sarah Welles van den Blink, Katherine van den Blink Miller (John); granddaughters, Margaret van den Blink Jones (Juan), Elizabeth van den Blink Brockett (Daniel), Emily van den Blink; great-granddaughter Clara Jones; her brother-in-law Leo van den Blink (Marjorie); nieces Sasha van de Water and Kieren van den Blink; nephews Denny Smith (Diane), Ross Smith; niece Robin Moulton (John) and first cousins Prudence Manley, Nelson Welles (Jean), Charles Welles (Lyn), and Bartow Curtis (Marie).
Nelson joined The Hilliard Corporation in 1978 as a Director, and was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hilliard from 1982 until her retirement in 2010. Under her leadership Hilliard grew significantly and added many new product lines. She was also President of the Hilliard Foundation and guided the foundation's numerous community donations.