Diane Minnie "Lady Di" Nelson

October 10, 1945 - May 30, 2023


Obituary For Diane Minnie "Lady Di" Nelson


Diane Minnie Nelson “Lady Di”, age 77, of Madison passed away at home on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born October 10, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland to Carroll and F. Hazel Steele.

Diane moved to Madison after marrying the love of her life, Dick Nelson. Diane and Dick created a beautiful family and life in Madison with two sons and six grandkids. Diane was a devoted and doting mother and grandmother.

Diane was a very committed and compassionate employee for the State of Wisconsin for many years.

Diane’s light and joy was shared and felt with anyone that crossed her path. Always sharing her favorite motto “One day at a time.”

Diane is survived by her sons, Rick (Tiffany) and Scott (Esmerelda); six grandchildren, Gino, Daniel, Ricky, Ryan, Reid and Ruby; her sister, Melva (Charlie); her brother, Nolan (Sharon); her brothers-in-law, Gary, Jimmy and Dennis (Carla); as well as her beloved Daisy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Nelson; her parents; sister, Sharon and brother, Caroll.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

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  • July 24, 2023

    Grandma nelson I will forever miss driving by and you being outside waving and saying give the kids a hug and a kiss!

  • June 01, 2023

    This one hit Really hard🥲.I have never met another person that could find something to like/ love about every person, even if they didn't deserve it! She has a heart of gold & her energy was addictive. I always told everyone " she's my favorite aunt"I mean come on how wouldn't you be. You are going to be missed greatly down here but I bet you made many smiles when you walked into heaven. I love you now & forever Debbie Burmah💙💙💙💙💙

  • June 01, 2023

    This one hit REALLY hard! I never met a person that literally loves everyone! I have never ever seen her crabby in 50 years. Her energy was addicting, I love you, I always say " that's my favorite aunt" I mean how couldn't you be? You will be missed down here & welcomed up there with lots of open arms. Xoxoxo Love Deb Burmah❤️

  • May 31, 2023

    This lady!! One in a million! I have bartended for many years....some people come into your life and they just stick! You get used to seeing them on a regular basis, you know stories about their kids, their grandkids. They show up for you during hardships in your own life...that was Diane. I'll miss her hugs and kisses! When Covid happened and we had to be 6 ft apart....can't count the times that I had to say "Diane!!! You can't hug and kiss people right now!" She would just tell me shhhhh....I know. Never listened tho, just kept hugging and kissing. She was something special, something that is missing in people these days. I will miss seeing her, miss her trying to find pictures of Daisy on her phone to show me and it would take FOREVER. I will miss her tapping her nails on the bar while she decided what she wanted to drink. I will miss her asking to cash out on a machine when she won. Mostly I will miss the hugs and kisses!! Until we meet again! Love Char ❤️

  • May 31, 2023

    It was a pleasure that we got to spend two weeks together in 2020. We made memories that will never be forgotten. You're with Dickie now and at peace. Love, Henry & Kathy

  • May 31, 2023

    Seeing Diane always put a smile on my face with her hugs & kisses. My sympathy to all of your family.

  • May 31, 2023

    My sincere sympathy to Diane's family. Met her and Dick so many years ago and she was always such a fun person to be around. Saw her not too long ago and she was her usual happy self. Will miss seeing her at the VFW car shows. Sincerely, Jan Bush

  • May 31, 2023

    My deepest sympathy to Diane's family. Diane and I met many years ago and worked at Borden's ice cream together and then again, we met up later at first national bank of Maryland. And then again, we met up in Wisconsin when my son moved there she was a great friend and we had many laughs together. You will be missed Diane. Love you, Judy Tirschman.

  • May 31, 2023

    To the Nelson family. My condolences to you all. Diane was a good friend of mine from the DDB. We have many cherished memories that will live in my heart forever.

  • May 30, 2023

    I'm so sorry for your loss. She brightened up every room she walked into. She will be missed by many.💗 Sending condolences to all.


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Tiffany Foster went out of her way to fulfill all my requests, talked me through problems I was facing, and tried to make me feel as comfortable as possible when I was a wreck, totally crushed, and I thank her with all of my heart for that.

James S. | July 2020

The professional manner of the staff made a difficult time a little easier.

Lynda R. | July 2020

Services provided for both parents were perfect, on time, and no issues. Brenda is awesome and strong!

Michael M. | July 2020

Skyler was absolutely amazing. She was so caring and helpful through this whole process. She even went above and beyond to meet with us in DeForest and even to make a stop at our home to drop off or pick up anything needed. While it was a small gesture, it was so helpful and greatly appreciated.

Brooke S. | Dec. 2020

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