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Doris Hildergard Nelson

Doris Hildergard Nelson

Female 1928 - 2012  (83 years)

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  • Name Doris Hildergard Nelson 
    Born 15 Apr 1928  Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Census 1940  Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1996  Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    History According to her obituary, "As a very young child, Mrs. Coolidge's parents separated, and she grew up in Worcester with her mother and grandmother on Balder Road in the heart of Worcester's Swedish district. Her grandmother had emigrated from Sweden, and Mrs. Coolidge was raised in a loving household full of Swedish language and culture. Her mother remarried and they moved to Petersham when she was age 7. She was adopted by her new father, John Carroll Nelson of Petersham whom she loved and called father the rest of her life. Mrs. Coolidge was graduated from Petersham High School with the Class of 1946. She was an excellent student and a gifted pianist. She was admitted to the New England Conservatory of Music in 1946 where she studied piano and counterpoint with Warren Storey Smith. She also worked in the school's administration office where she supported several faculty members and conductors including the late Arthur Fiedler. In 1948, Mrs. Coolidge married the late Horace O. Coolidge, Jr. also of Petersham. They lived in Concord where she worked at a local life insurance company while her husband completed his college studies at Northeastern University. In 1951, they moved to Carter Hill Farm in Petersham where they spent the next several years rebuilding the farm house and starting a family. Mrs. Coolidge went on to become a highly regarded teacher's aide in the Petersham Center School focusing on special needs children. She was an avid reader who never stopped learning. She was a strong, independent woman who enjoyed gardening, walking in the woods, and caring for her family and friends. Even after the death of her husband in 2010, she continued to live independently on her hilltop farm. Late in her life she learned that her biological father had remarried and that she had two half-sisters living nearby. One of her half-sisters found her and made the first connection. Her life was blessed to have had the love and friendship from her two half-sisters for the last decade of her life. Mrs. Coolidge was a devoted member of her church where she served on many committees throughout her entire life. As a young woman she was instrumental in developing a religious education program at the church. She was a trustee of the Petersham Memorial Library, and was very knowledgeable about both family and local history, serving as a member of the Beverly Historical Society and as a member and volunteer docent of the Petersham Historical Society."   [3
    Died 7 Apr 2012  Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Agency: St. Vincent's Memorial Medical Center 
    Cause: a severe stroke 
    Buried East Street Cemetery, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Grave Marker of Doris N. Coolidge
    Grave Marker of Doris N. Coolidge
    Person ID I603  Delvee Family | Spouse of a Delvee
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2016 

    Father John Carlson Nelson,   b. Abt 1898, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ebba H. Neyland,   b. Abt 1907, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Yes, date unknown  [3
    Family ID F391  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Horace Ober Coolidge, Jr.,   b. 24 Jun 1924, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 2010, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 17 Jul 1948  Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. John Craig Coolidge,   b. 13 Sep 1952, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 2003, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [Birth]
     2. Curtis Allen Coolidge
     3. Susan Martha Coolidge,   b. 1 Jun 1959, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1976, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F278  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Apr 1928 - Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - She was recorded while living with her parents. - 1940 - Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jul 1948 - Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1996 - Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Agency: St. Vincent's Memorial Medical Center - 7 Apr 2012 - Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - East Street Cemetery, Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Doris (Nelson) Coolidge
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    Doris N. Coolidge

  • Sources 
    1. [S91] Town Clerk of Petersham. Street List, Petersham, Mass - 1996, (Petersham, Massachusets: Town of Petersham, 1996).

    2. [S386] Ruth, Mary. Descendants of Susan Carter Delvy, (Stoney Creek, North Carolina: manuscript, 2002).

    3. [S484] Obituary of Doris Coolidge , (Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Massachusetts, 10 April 2012).

    4. [S572] Find a Grave web site, (Provo, Utah: Find A Grave, Inc.).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 156871380

    5. [S806] 1940 U.S. Federal Census - Massachusetts, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
      Year: 1940; Census Place: Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1653; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 14-230