Dana J. Nelson, age 63, of Concordia, KS, left this earthly life on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Via Christi-St. Francis, Wichita, KS. She was born on June 10, 1955 in Pratt, KS to Carl R. & Marvel L. (Gorsky) McGuire.
Dana graduated from WaKeeney High School in 1973. She then attended Ft. Hays State Univ. and received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later her Master’s degree from Kansas State Univ. She moved in 1977 and began teaching school in Concordia, KS where she met and married Steve Nelson on June 20, 1987 at The Baptist Church. They resided in Concordia, KS and she taught elementary school for 36 years until she retired in 2013. Even after retirement, she continued to substitute teach and work as a Title 1 Reading para-professional, where she has been working full time for the past couple years. Her students were her children and she always made it a point to reach out to them, check up on them and continue to ‘teach’ them long after they were out of her classroom.
Dana was a faithful member of The Baptist Church, Concordia; The Baptist Women; Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and her very special group, ‘The Pickles”. She was also a very proud aunt and took that responsibility as seriously as she did her classroom.
She is survived by her husband, Steve, Concordia; brothers, R. Gary (Kim) McGuire, Mulvane & Craig (Sheila), Hays; several nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews; a host of other relatives, friends, colleagues & community members.
But even more importantly are all the children, past and present, whose lives she has forever touched and changed because of the loving care, compassion and desire to teach children that she lived her life with every day!
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 16, 2019 at The Brown Grand Theatre, Concordia with Pastor Jonathan Peppers officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Visitation will be Wed., May 15, 2019 from 1-8 pm with family greeting friends from 6-7 pm at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dana J. Nelson Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.