Janice Marie (Prettyman) Nelson - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Janice Marie (Prettyman) Nelson

July 18, 1935 - October 5, 2023

Janice Marie (Prettyman) Nelson, age 88, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, October 5, 2023. She was fondly known as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, Aunt Janice, and Nana by her family and “Jan” to her friends.

Born in Wilmington, DE on July 18, 1935, and raised in the Delaware City area, she was a daughter of the late Harold Benjamin and Marietta (Downs) Prettyman. Janice worked as a young woman waitressing, hostessing, and being a banquet manager at both the Greenville Country Club and the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Later in life, she worked at the University of Delaware as an office aide. Janice’s most proud accomplishment in business was being a bank teller/manager and an electronic point technician for Mellon Financial.

Janice was a very spiritual soul. She had a love for nature, flowers, and also angels. She often read “The Book of Psalms”. Her favorite was Psalm 23:4, and her favorite religious songs were “In the Garden” and “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus”.

Janice Marie will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She once said “My heart bursts with love for my children and grandchildren”.

In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Nelson. She is survived by her children from her first marriage, Mary, Diane, Richard, and Michael (Judith); 6 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

All services and inurnment at St. George’s Cemetery will be held privately.


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4 Condolences for Janice Marie (Prettyman) Nelson

  • So very sorry to hear of your Moms passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

  • With deepest sympathy for the passing of your beautiful mother.
    Her heart was so big and filled with all the love she had for her family. Oh how she loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren ! The world has a
    very deep whole left never to be filled again with her passing.
    Keep all your memories of her
    alive , she will forever be with you.

  • Maryann,Diane,Rick,and Michael
    So sorry for your loss. Many memories our family’s shared being neighbors all those years. You took us in when our house burned down,skating in your basement and driveway,playing in the woods,riding bikes to Walkers store on corner(now Rite Aid) my condolences 🙏🏻

  • I’m very sad to learn of my friend Janice’s recent passing. We started first grade together at St. Georges school and became lifelong friends. We shared many wonderful memories as students, then young mothers, many laughs and sometimes tears. We had a special connection because she was godmother to my youngest daughter. My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to all her family at this difficult time.
    Wilma (Lester) Meeks

    I always loved going to visit Janice and her family when I was growing up. I loved that big house and all of the kids. I remember my mom babysitting Michael. We moved to Florida so then we only got to visit in the summer. My mom and I visited her a few times at Foulk Manor and I had been thinking about her a lot lately. We are sorry we didn’t get to visit again. She was always happy to see us and we always had a good laugh about our memories. She was a very special and loving person!!
    Judy (Meeks) Johnson