Teresa M. Nelson, 89, of East Falmouth died at home on April 15.

She was the wife of Donald Nelson, to whom she was married for 61 years.

Born in Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland, she was the fifth of 12 children born to Bernard Murtagh and Brigid Monahan Murtagh.

After graduating at the age of 14 from the St. Louis Convent School in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, she left home to attend a pre-nursing program at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London.

She immigrated to the United States when she was 16. She lived with her maternal uncle Tom Monahan in Watertown and continued her nursing education at Catherine Labouré School of Nursing.

She worked as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, later becoming a specialist in the field of geriatric care.

In 1957, she joined the US Navy Nursing Corps, serving first at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and then at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Shortly after arriving, she met Marine aviator 2nd Lieutenant Donald Nelson at the base officers club; they married soon afterward.

The couple raised two boys, and the family made homes in Framingham and Weston; New Canaan, Connecticut; Winchester, England; and Newport Beach, California. They moved to the Cape in 2012 to spend their retirement years.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her sons, Karl Nelson and Timothy Nelson; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a brother and five sisters.

She was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers.

A private ceremony took place April 22 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Falmouth.

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