Nellie Howard Gotchie 86 of Ball Club, MN, died May 13, 2022 at her home in Ball Club, MN. Nellie was born December 1, 1935 in Inger, MN to Ernest and Rose Howard.
Preceding her in death were her husband Lawrence “Sandy” Gotchie, Parents Ernest and Rose;Siblings, Donna DeVault, Edward Sr., Ernest Jr., Thomas Sr., Loretta Robinson, Pauline Hill, Evelyn Bowstring, Rose Hamilton. Children; Andrew Sr., Ernest & William; Grandchildren Shane Whitebird, Terrell Wilson and Donald Jr.
Nellie is survived by Children; Lawrence Jr. (Debbie), Robert Joseph, Donald Sr. (Sheila), Edward, Rose, Donna, Mary Jo, Steven (Becky). Her Sister & best friend Lucille ”Butchie” (Joseph) White, Grandchildren 42, Great Grandchildren Numerous, One Great-Great Granddaughter, Koa Rae. Daughter-in-laws; Linda, Candace, Miriam and Tana. Special family friend Thomas Bellanger, Siblings; Sue , Isabelle and Lloyde.
Nellie was born and raised in Inger, MN it was instilled at a very young age the importance of family and hard work. Nellie early years were spent looking after her siblings, thus allowing her mother and father to work and provide for their family. At the age of 18 Nellie was proposed marriage by Lawrence “Sandy” Gotchie, with the approval of Edward and Rose, which was respectfully requested prior to. Lawrence & Nellie were married the following year, they made their home Ball Club, MN. “Sandy and Nellie” (as it always was and will be) had 10 children raising 11 who include William and Caleb. Nellie was a lifelong homemaker, always making sure her family was well taking care of. Nellie was also a hunter, fisher and wild rice harvester right alongside Sandy, together they traveled miles near and far on the pow-wow trail.
To know Nellie was to know Home, her heart and door was always open. If Nellie was in her chair, you knew there was always hot coffee, sweetened tea and a meal for you. If she was by your side you had a best friend, a confidante, a lending ear. She gave you happiness. Nellie shared her strength with you and gave you confidence just knowing she was near. Our hearts are hurting but will never forget Nellie and all of her love she had for everyone. Sandy & Nellie are together once again
We had a grandmother One who never really grew old,
Her smile was made of sunshine And her heart was solid gold.
Her eyes were bright as shiny stars
And her cheeks fair roses you see,
We had a wonderful grandmother
And that’s the way it all always be.
So never forget, because
She’s still keeping an eye on all of us,
So let’s make sure
She Likes what she sees.