Mary Ellen Nelson, age 73 of Lenoir City went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at her home. She was born on November 21, 1948 to the late Charles and Margaret (Ellison) Goins.  Mary was a loving wife of 56 years, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, that enjoyed going to church and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed working in her garden, canning fruits and vegetables, and getting out and coming to see her sister.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers Charles Milton “Buddy” Goins, Kenneth Ray Goins, Ronald Edward Goins, Cecil Clifton Goins, and Danny Hershel Goins; sister Patsy Lou Goins, Dallis Ann Goins, and Becky Carolyn Meade.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years David Nelson; sons David Scott Nelson and wife Connie of Knoxville and Darwin Dewayne Nelson and wife Angela of Madisonville; daughters Kimberly Kaye Blevins and husband Lonnie of Cleveland and Gwenetta Joyce West and husband Tony of Cleveland; sister, Anna Mae Russell of LaFollette; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and a host of other friends and relatives.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Martin Wilson Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 PM with Rev. Lonnie Welden officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 AM on Friday, September 16, 2022 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lenoir City for an 11:00 AM interment. 

The family has entrusted the care of Mary Ellen Nelson to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where Families Matter Most.”

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