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Kathryn Nelson

Kathryn Lynn Nelson, 63, died at Sidney Health Center in Sidney Dec. 13, 2023.

She was born Sept. 11, 1960, in Plentywood to Robert and Esther Fossum. She joined a brother, Leslie “Bernie” Fossum. She grew up in Medicine Lake, where she attended school and graduated in 1979. During her high school years, she was a cheerleader and member of the pep club all four years. As a soprano in swing choir, she attended the Montana State Music Festival for three years and was a member of the speech and drama team for three years. She went to the state Class C track meet in javelin. She was homecoming queen her senior year of Medicine Lake High School.

After graduating from high school, she attended Missoula for a short time and went on to graduate from beauty school. She enjoyed her years of doing hair in many cities. She also enjoyed tending bar at the Radisson in Bismarck, N.D., the FourWinds in Plentywood and The Club in Medicine Lake. Regardless of where she worked, she enjoyed being with people. Her smile was bright, and her laugh was infectious.

She enjoyed fishing, gardening, road trips and anything that involved her friends, her family and a cold beer. She also enjoyed going to the Sturgis Bike Rally with Al. She and Bernie shared a special bond that created many memories.

She is survived by her brother, Leslie “Bernie” Fossum of Medicine Lake; and boyfriend, Al Stanford of Culbertson.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Medicine Lake Fire Hall.

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