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Peggy Nilson

Peggy Ilene Nilson, 76, passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 29 at her home, surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hawarden, IA. Graveside service and burial will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 2 with the family present from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Akron, IA. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Peggy Nilson was born on February 12, 1941 to Emil and Johanna (Jensen) Lindgren. She was raised on the family farm west of Hawarden, and attended Edwards Country School until the eighth grade. She moved on to Hawarden High School and graduated in 1959. Shortly after graduation, she married the love of her life, Larry Lee Nilson on June 6, 1959.

The couple settled on a Union County South Dakota farm west of Hawarden where they would raise a family and operate a family farm. For nearly 60 years, they worked together to build a farming enterprise that included grain, livestock and organic farming practices. Peggy played an active role on the farm, performing a multitude of office duties, management and assisting with fieldwork and in livestock operations.

To this union four daughters were born: Robin (Mark) Gambaiana of Des Moines, IA; Lynn (Greg) Van Ballegooyen of rural Hawarden; Wendy (Mark) Stevenson of Huxley, IA; and Connie (Loren) Mulder of Sioux Falls, SD.

Peggy was a woman of great faith, grace and inner and outer beauty. Her love and devotion to family and servanthood were hallmarks. For more than 40 years, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Hawarden and served the ministry in many capacities, including Deaconess, Sunday School teacher, youth leader and camp coordinator. Together with her husband Larry, they chaperoned young people to summer camps at Dayton Oaks in Dayton, IA for many years, where youngsters received the Gospel; on trips to Lake Okoboji and outings at the farm. Later, when Larry answered a call to serve churches in Cherokee and Akron, IA, she again played a pivotal role in those ministries.

Her fruits of the spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of her family, through her discipleship and in the many individuals she touched.

Left to cherish her memory and example are her husband Larry; her four daughters, a twin sister, Pauline Popken of Elma, IA; and a sister Pat (Jim) Dunnam of Hawarden. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Beverly and a brother Paul. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Camp Fund at First Baptist Church of Akron or to the IFOPA in honor of Peggy’s great-grandson, Lincoln, who has FOP.


3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ,Sunday, April 2, 2017
First Baptist Church
300 Country Club Lane Akron, IA, Plymouth 51001

Funeral Service

10:30 AM ,Monday, April 3, 2017
First Baptist Church
1100 Central Avenue Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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Rest Dear Peggy,

Our family loves you very much. My mom misses you more than you know. I didnt get to know you that well but I will say for the time and moment I did know you, you were such a blessing, and such a joy. I love you dear friend. I pray that your flying high with Jesus. Im looking up at you and thank you for being there for my family as much as Larry and you were. Bless you both. Rest peacefully and easy. Again I love you Peggy.

Raymond E. Young Apr 5 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of the family during this time. So Sorry for you loss.

Tammy Kunze Apr 5 2017 12:00 AM

Condolences to Peggy Nilson family from our family. I always loved coming to their house and picking apples. To my cousins I am so sorry for your loss.

Michelle Knight Apr 3 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences to the entire family. Peggy was a highlight of my teenage years. She was nurturing, understanding and most importantly, a reflection of Christ Himself. I have very fond memories of being out on their farm, working with youth in their church as well as working with them at Dayton Oaks Camp every summer. I take comfort in knowing that she is now being cared for by our Heavenly Father just the way she cared for us here on this earth. Big hugs all the way from Texas.

Aubrey Van Sloten Apr 2 2017 12:00 AM

Lynn, Greg, Justin, Jess & family, Larry, Robin, Wendy,Connie, & families, my heart is broken for you as you grieve the loss of your wonderful wife/Mom. She was so kind, and will always be remembered by the good things that she did for those that needed it the most. She will truly be missed. Lynn, we have always been there for each other ...through everything. This time,I will not be there for you... I will be at my Dad's funeral on the same day. Even though we tried to hold each other up through a few brief calls, and text messages, please know that it still meant the world to me , and I hope that it helped you some, too. Praying for peace and comfort for your family now and in the days ahead. May Peggy rest in God's Perfect Peace. Love and hugs, Kris

Kristi Morgan Apr 1 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of you and your family at this time. I know how special your Mother was to all of you and after reading the obituary it is obvious she was special not only to her family but many many friends. She was a remarkable woman and her genes have been passed down to you, Robin and your girls. May God wrap you in his arms and give you peace and comfort. Hugs.

Bob & Mary Jane Kiefer Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Larry and family and Pauline, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Peggy was a dear person and an inspiration to everyone who knew her! She will be remembered for her love of the Lord and as a wonderful friend to many. All our love to you all!

Bill & LaVon Heubrock Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the death of your mother Robin. All my girls send condolences also. Jimmy and Anne

Anne Jennings Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM