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Ruth Edith Payne Nelson, age 91, of 12240 Upstream Court, Orlando, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Emeritus at Tuskawilla Assisted Living, Winter Springs, Fla.
Mrs. Nelson was a native of Lee County, Va., and a daughter of the late Thomas Solomon and Ellen Miner Payne. She worked in supermarket retail sales.
She attended Maranatha Tabernacle in Unicoi.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Nelson; two brothers; and seven sisters.
Survivors include her son, Doug Nelson of Rockledge, Fla.; daughter, Elaine Smalley and husband, James M. of Orlando; granddaughters, Cynthia Joan Salguero and husband Armando of Lighthouse Point, Fla., and Melanie Lynn Gomez and husband Antonio of Miramar, Fla.; and great-grandsons, Benjamin Gomez and Nicolas Gomez.
Committal services were held Monday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery. The Rev. E.L. Wheeler officiated.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.