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.
She was honored by the YWCA of Elmira with the Tribute to Women Award, the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Community Builder Award, and many other awards throughout her career.
She had a lifelong dedication to politics and was elected to the Borough Council of Princeton, New Jersey in 1974, 1977, and 1980. She served as President of the Borough Council for four years.
She was a 1952 graduate of the Dana Hall School, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a 1956 graduate of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. cum laude in Political Science.
A service in honor of Nelson's life was held Wednesday July 19 at Grace Episcopal Church, Elmira, NY.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Donations in Nelson's memory may be made to the National Soaring Museum, 51 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira, NY 14903 or the John W. Jones Museum, P.O. Box 932, Elmira, NY 14902.
McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira assisted the family with arrangements.