Barbara Louella Nelson Stevensville – Barbara Louella Nelson, 75 of Stevensville passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mt. The daughter of the late Lyle and Opal Bourassa. Barbara was raised in Helena and attended Helena Cathedral High School graduating in 1963. She lived in the family home on Poplar St with her younger sisters Lyla, Cheri and brother Ken. She loved her early years in Helena going to her grandparents cabin on Canyon Ferry Lake in the summers. Upon graduating from high school she attended nursing school at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. She then attended Western Montana College in Dillon where at a sock hop dance she met Neil Nelson. Barbara and Neil were married in 1967 in Helena and enjoyed the next 53 years together. Following Neils teaching career they moved to Antelope, MT in the fall of 1969. Shortly after arriving in Antelope son Kyle arrived. In 1972 son Glenn arrived. In those years she enjoyed supporting Neil’s coaching & teaching career. In the summers they worked at Hell’s Half Acre Lookout on the Bitterroot National Forest. She loved those summers in the mountains enjoying family & friends that came to visit. Barbs warm & generous heart were hallmarks of her life endearing her to people wherever she went. In 1977 the family moved to Melstone, MT where she worked as a substitute teacher and in the summer of 1979 the family moved to Eureka, MT where they remained for […]