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Agnes Roberts Nelson

Obituary for Agnes Roberts Nelson

December 29, 1917 - January 16, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 100

Loving Mother, Wife and Grandmother and Loyal Friend to All


Agnes Roberts Nelson was born December 29, 1917 at her home in Ben Arnold, Texas to Claude and Mamie Coker. The eldest of seven, she had four sisters and two brothers. They all lived and helped on the farm until they graduated high school. Agnes had many adventures on the farm and told us many wonderful stories. One of her favorite stories was when she was almost bitten by a rattlesnake while gathering eggs from the barn! Although she loved her family and the farm it was her goal to go to college. She worked hard in school and was Valedictorian of her class. Her good grades were rewarded with a scholarship offer to a college in the northeast US. Unfortunately, the additional expenses required to attend that college precluded her from accepting the scholarship. Not to be deterred she moved to Austin and enrolled in and graduated from Nixon-Clay Business school. Agnes worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for Jack Ritter Oil Company and later for Clark's Carpet Mart. She then went to work for the Director of Finance at the City of Austin, where she retired.

Agnes met and married Harris (Jack) Roberts in 1940. She and Jack had two children. Jack also worked for and retired from the City of Austin. They were married 42 years before he passed away.

A few years after Jack's passing Agnes married Oliver Nelson (now deceased) and was married to Oliver for 25 years. Coincidentally, Oliver managed the Checker Front grocery store where Jack and Agnes bought their groceries when they were first married.

Agnes was passionate about her family. She loved cooking for them and entertaining her family and friends. She loved to dance and play 42 (a domino game) at every opportunity. She and Oliver belonged to a competitive 42 club where they often made it to the "top" table. She loved to travel and had the opportunity to travel across America and overseas. She enjoyed volunteering not only when her girls were in school but at St. David's Hospital after she retired.

A true survivor, she beat cancer 3 times as well as Typhoid Fever, a hip replacement and several broken bones and surgeries. She recently laughed that she thought she was always pretty healthy, but to hear it told she guess she wasn't!

Her goal in life was to make it to 100. She achieved that goal on December 29, 2017 by celebrating with her family and friends. And to make that day even more special Fox 7 News interviewed her what it was like to be turning 100. This interview can be viewed on the link below.

Her family meant everything to her. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They brought so much joy to her life. She was the Matriarch of the family in the true sense of the word. She lived her life with a strong faith and was a walking example of how to treat others. She judged no one except by how they treated others. She loved with her whole heart and made everyone who was around her feel loved. During any holiday, she opened her home to anyone who did not have a family near enough to spend the holidays with. She made a difference in the lives of everyone she met. She will be missed -- but a part of her will live on in each one of us who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughters Kaye Martin and Pam Roberts McAfee and her husband Scott McAfee. She is also survived by her grandchildren Bob Nunis, Caitlin McAfee and Patrick McAfee as well as two great-grand children Jake and Luke Nunis. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Her siblings are Evelyn Petty (deceased), Lillian Shuffield and Nadine Herrin of Leander and Doris Doss of Austin and two brothers Dencile Coker (deceased) and C.D. "Dewey" Coker of Lake Jackson.

The family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all who helped her live a long and vibrant life. We would especially like to thank the caregivers who helped us make her last year a year to remember.

Services will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 200 West Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas at 11 am on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Reception to follow. Interment at Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Pallbearers are: Bob Nunis, Patrick McAfee, Scott McAfee, Jake Nunis, Luke Nunis and Hank Jefferson

ANDREW JONES is a 19 year old young man who was just diagnosed with leukemia. He and his family are in need of financial support if you feel called to help him we know it would be appreciated.
ST JUDE CHILDREN HOSPITAL also helps children with cancers.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Agnes loved helping young people in need. Especially those battling illness. If you prefer to donate in lieu of flowers these are two funds that she has donated to. Or a donation to the charity of your choice. Andrew is a 19 year old with leukemia.
  • DONATE TO: Andrew Jones Leukemia Fund

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