Sandra ‘Sue’ (Nelson) Fair


Sandra Suzanne ‘Sue’ Fair (Nelson), 78, passed away on October 14, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Sue was born in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to John “Clyde” and Norma “Lorraine” Nelson on July 11, 1943. She was a proud longtime resident of Hermantown, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota. Growing up, Sue resided and worked at Douds, a family operated resort and tourist stop along Lake Michigan in Brevort. During high school, her family moved into St. Ignace, MI where her father ran the local Amoco station. Sue attended LaSalle High School where she was honored as homecoming queen and graduated with honors. Post-graduation, she attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During her career, Sue had the privilege of working with young minds at many places with a majority of her time educating and mentoring students at Washington Junior High in Duluth, MN. On the occasional weekend you could find her waitressing at Eldes, conversing with customers and staff alike. Sue was a loving and proud mother, going to great lengths in support of her children. When her son’s ninth grade football team shaved their heads, she cut her hair in solidarity. She was known for her self-determination and would take great strides to attend her boys’ events. Sue was known for her artistry and knitting abilities. Her free spirit found her to be the #1 fan at any sporting event attended with a real bias toward the Hermantown Hawks, Minnesota Twins, Warner Monarchs, Northern State Wolves, and Minnesota Vikings. Sue was a true advocate for social justice, victim’s rights, and world peace. She was ever so proud that her sons went into law enforcement and the military, bragging about them ad nauseam.

Preceded in death are her parents Clyde and Lorraine Nelson, siblings Del Nelson and Lori Nelson.

Survivors include brother Lee Nelson of Marshall, MI, two sons, Dave and his wife Saundra Fair of Warner, SD and Tim and his wife Mary Fair of Rapid City, SD and seven grandchildren, Amanda, Ryan, Isaac, Lexi, Omar, Gabby, and Hashem. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at Sanford Hospital for their caring support during a difficult time. Further, the family wishes to extend their gratitude to the caring staff at Bethesda Home who attended to Sue’s every need during her long-time residency.

In accordance with Sue’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined.