Patricia Nelson

Patricia Marie Nelson, lovingly known as Pat, was born on November 14, 1952, in Toledo, Ohio.

She spent the second half of her vibrant life in Florida, where she became a cherished member of the community. Pat passed away peacefully at the age of 71, surrounded by the warmth and love of her family.

From an early age, Pat found joy in learning and playing games with her father, a passion she shared throughout her life with family and friends. Her love for Disney was boundless, and she created countless magical memories with her son Andrew at the Disney parks.

Pat’s enthusiasm for the Miami Heat was legendary. “Vamos Heat!”
Pat’s family was her pride and joy. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Emily Nelson, and her treasured grandchildren, Maverick and Adaline Nelson. She is also remembered with love by her nephews, Sean and Todd Burket, along with many close friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She joins in peace her late husband, Charles Nelson; her parents, Ruth and Clifford Durdel; and her sister, Connie Brannon.

Pat enjoyed a fulfilling career at AvMed Health Plans, where she was a mentor to many and a friend to all. Her dedication and service were celebrated across the state of Florida, particularly in Jacksonville, Orlando, and South Florida. She was known for her positive outlook, infectious laughter, and joyous spirit. Pat was not only intelligent and resourceful but also kind, inclusive, gracious, and selfless.

Her grandchildren were the lights of her life, and her love for them was evident to all who knew her. Pat was immensely proud of the life she built, balancing a successful career with a loving family. She relished her independence and cherished every moment spent with loved ones.

Travel was one of Pat’s great passions. She loved visiting her son and his family in Nashville and exploring new destinations around the world. Pat was an active member of her community, enjoying classes at the YMCA, working out at LA Fitness, and participating in various community activities.

“Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” – Walt Disney

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