Kellie R. (Hayden) Nelson, age 58, of Townsend, passed away August 13, 2023 from complications of a 11 month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Kellie was born on April 27, 1965 in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Bill and Jaylyn (Burns) Hayden. She moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho at the age of 4. She went to school in Bonners Ferry and graduated from High School in 1983.
Kellie moved to Townsend, Montana in 1989 and married Jim Nelson on August 23, 1990. They raised three boys: Zach, Eli, and Jordan. She worked several jobs from a Meat Processing Shop to a Drug Store and even a newspaper, the Townsend Star. But mainly she was a farm and ranch wife.
Kellie is survived by her parents, Bill and Jaylyn Hayden of Bonners Ferry, ID; her husband, Jim Nelson; sons, Zach (Chelsey) Dirks and granddaughter, Kinsley; Eli (Katie) Studer; and Jordan (Crystal) Nelson and granddaughter, Ember; a sister, Kim (Rob) Pluid of Bonners Ferry, ID, and 5 nieces; 2 nephews; 14 great nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Gwen Burns of Ponca City, OK.
Services will be held in Bonners Ferry, ID at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19, 2023. A Celebration of Kellie’s Life will be held in Townsend, MT at a later date.