OBITUARY: Evelyn M. “Chick” (Fowle) Nelson, 96

Below is an obituary from Greely Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA —  Evelyn M. “Chick” (Fowle) Nelson, 96, of Wilmington, Mass., formerly of Rockport, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Lahey Medical Center in Burlington.

Wife of the late Richard E.F. Nelson. She was born in Woburn, Mass., on July 1, 1923, daughter of the late Brainerd L. and Mildred L. (Bryenton) Fowle. Her father’s genealogy line ties back to President John Adams and John Pierce.

Evelyn was an honor graduate, secretarial course from Woburn High School class of 1940. She then continued education for several years N.E. Stenotype School, took Harvard University Extension course “Doctor Office Procedures” and several homemaking and crafting courses such as silversmithing, crewel embroidery and copper tooling. She worked approximately 23 years in secretarial positions, in the greater Boston area such as, Choate Hospital, Woburn, La Touraine Coffee, Warwick Mills Hdq office and the Atlantic gelatin Div. of General Foods, Woburn. She spent weekends and summers in Rockport, where she met her husband Richard (Dick). In 1950 after marrying, she worked as a Secretary for Gorton’s division of General Mills. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and President of the Minuteman Man Arts & Crafts Inc. of five years as well as a longtime member. She he loved to create various types of embroidery, ceramics, and especially copper tooling, having made several waste baskets with the Motif #1, Twin Lights and the Rockport Town seal on them as well as on several faces of battery run clocks. She volunteered at The Rockport High School Lunch programs as a Cafeteria Aide and also worked medical billing for over 5 hospitals such as Addison Gilbert, Cable, Hunt, Winthrop, and Winchester Hospitals for Mary Philips of Gloucester. She was a temporary Receptionist for Dr. Melvin Kaplan. In her later years, she worked as a chambermaid for several local Rockport Inns such as Peg Leg, Turks Head Motor inn, Eden Pines.

She certainly loved to meet and greet people where ever she went especially on Front beach where she would love to swim on most days.

She loved to swim on front beach, bowling and going to the Rose Baker Senior Center, where she continued to do more crafting as she loved doing. Chick also had a great passion for Ball Room Dancing, there she met many long-lasting friendships. This was something she would never miss going to because she loved being out and having a good time.

She then moved into The Windsor Assisted Living, where she made friends, continued crafts as well as Ball room dancing. Evelyn will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Richard “Scott” Nelson and his wife Marjorie of Fla.; her grandson, Richard “Scottie” Nelson of Fla.; her step-daughters, Marissa and Angel Bond; her sister, Elizabeth L. Haley of Maine; four brothers, the late Alfred Fowle, George Fowle and wife Josephine both of Mass.; twins, the late Robert Fowle and his wife Shirley, Richard Fowle and his wife Lena all of Fla.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and -nephews.

Her graveside service will be held on Monday, July 6, at 11 a.m., in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 or to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114, please make checks out to Development Office.

Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit

Evelyn Nelson
Evelyn M. Nelson

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