Nellie Lou Plybon was born October 2, 1942 in Murray, Nebraska to Harry Standard Plybon and Mildred Ruth House Plybon. She was the oldest daughter of 10 children (she was number five of the ten), born on the kitchen table in the family home in Murray and lived there as a young child. Later, she moved to Plattsmouth, Nebraska with her family where she attended grade school and high school, graduating in 1960. After high school she moved to Omaha and took a job writing news captions for KMTV. She married Lonwood Virgil Green in Omaha on June 21, 1963. Lon later joined the Coast Guard and they spent time living in Washington state, Oregon, California, New York, Maine and Michigan. Along the way, they had three children, Susan Lonell Green, John Iain Green and Aaron Matthew Green. After living in Michigan, Nellie and Lon divorced and Nellie moved to Avoca, Nebraska with three children, a dog and a home on wheels in tow. They lived just outside of Avoca from 1979 until 1984, when they moved to Nebraska City. In the year 2000, Nellie moved to Syracuse, Nebraska where she lived until 2017, when she went to live with her children until 2021 when she needed more consistent medical attention for her dementia. She was cared for at Accura Healthcare in Shenandoah, Iowa for a time but was then moved to an Accura facility in Pleasantville, Iowa where she passed away on April 12, 2023.
Nellie worked very hard throughout her life. Her many jobs included night parking attendant, bookkeeper, secretary, contract manager and human resources manager. She was a dedicated daughter, sister, mother and friend. She loved lilacs and irises. She enjoyed embroidery and knitting and cooking without a recipe. She also loved house plants and stuffed animals. She she was known for her fantastic apple crisp, homemade pizza, O’Henry squares and a very specific cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving time. She loved to laugh. She loved to serve others and she loved the Savior.
Nellie was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints just before her wedding in June of 1963. She remained very committed to her faith in Jesus Christ throughout her life. She served in many volunteer positions in the Church over the years to include, Relief Society President (women’s organization), Choir Director, Young Women’s Counselor, Primary President (young children’s organization), Librarian and Seminary Teacher (teaching high school students).
She is survived by her three children, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, three sisters and a brother.
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