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April 24, 1927 ~ November 8, 2022 (age 95) 95 Years Old






Elizabeth Flagg Nelson, age 95, passed away peacefully on November 8,2022. She was born April 24,1927, in Henning, Tennessee as the youngest child of Robert Flagg and Irene Flagg.

She was united in marriage on March 9,1946, to Melvin Nelson (who proceeded her in death) and to this union four sons were born: Henry Louis, Melvin Otis, Ray Van and Jerry Lee Nelson. 

In 1951, Elizabeth, and her four sons moved to Elyria, Ohio to join Melvin, who had moved to Elyria to find better employment. Soon after arriving they purchased a two-story family duplex at 1930 Middle Avenue. Later they purchased 17 acres of property on South Middle Ave.

In the late 50’s, Elizabeth became employed as a professional tailor at Harry’s Men’s Wear. She retired from Diamond’s Men Shop.

Being of strong christian faith, Elizabeth and her family joined Bethany Baptist Church under Rev. J.R. Monk. She has served as an Usher, Sunday School Teacher, Choir member, Organist, Deaconess and General Mission servant.  She was an officer of many organizations: Lorain County Deaconess, American Baptist North Central Women’s Association, President of the Sandusky Sub-District and Vice -President of the Northern Mission District.

She also enjoyed playing hymns on the organ for Melvin, having a large garden, bowling, and traveling. She would always say ‘I’m a farmer and you got to keep moving and working to live’.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by husband of 75 years and her parents, three brothers: Harry Blankenship, James Blankenship, and Robert Flagg Jr.; 5 sisters: Lizzie Mae Ellis, Monteen Taylor, Ella Tyus, Kate Lewis and Florine Douglas.

She is survived by her four loving sons: Henry Louis (Cleola) and Melvin Otis (Audrey) of Elyria, Ohio; Ray Van (Josephine) of Detroit, MI; and Jerry Lee of Cleveland, Ohio; one foster son Frank Finch (Sherry) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren: Melvin (Angie), Carmen, Kenneth (Gabrielle) Catrina, Kim, Traci, JaMel and Marcus (Amber); eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 1 dear sister, Rosie Flagg-Boyd, age, 99 of Detroit, Michigan. 

Funeral Services to be held at Second Baptist Church 427 Chapman Ln., Elyria, Ohio, 44035 Friday, November 18, 2022.

Visitation/Family Hour at 10:00AM. 

Homegoing Celebration at 11:00AM. Services entrusted to Carter Funeral Home, Inc. 127 West Bridge St. Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Condolences may be sent to 524 Wayne St., Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Arrangements entrusted to

Carter Funeral Home Inc.


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November 18, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church 427 Chapman Ln, Elyria, Ohio

Celebration of Life
November 18, 2022

11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church 427 Chapman Ln, Elyria, Ohio


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