RUTLAND — A family ceremony will take place in Long Branch, N.J. at a later date for Myrtle Gill Nelson, 91, formerly of Bethesda, Md., who died Feb. 21 at her home in Rutland.
She grew up in Long Branch, N.J., daughter of Myrtle Sickles Gill and Thomas Grant Gill.
She attended Rutgers University, majoring in economics. In the summer of 1942, while a junior in college, she was selected for an educational program at Campobello Island, the summer residence of President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. She attended seminars with many teachers, including Mrs. Roosevelt. She attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and received a master’s degree in international relations and the Foreign Service.
After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., and began work at the Budget Bureau, where she met her husband, Roger Sherwood Nelson. They lived in Sweden, where her husband worked for the Economic Cooperation Administration, administering the Marshall Plan, and Turkey, where he worked for the U.S. Aid mission. She returned to work at the Budget Bureau in November 1963.
Her husband died in 1997, after 50 years of marriage.
In 2004, she moved to Rutland, to be near her daughters and their families.
Survivors include three daughters: Karen Nelson Moore of Cleveland, Ohio, Margaret Nelson Schultz of North Pomfret and Judy Nelson of Rutland; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, David, Richard and Joseph Gill.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
This obituary first appeared in the March 6, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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