Sister Prudentia (Mary Arlene) Nelson, 92, died Thursday, April 5, in Marian Hall of Mt. St. Mary Convent, in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 11, at the convent, located at 3700 E. Lincoln in Wichita.
Mary Arlene Nelson was born on Aug. 19, 1925, in Denis, Kansas, to Roy A. and Marie (Fiechtal) Nelson. She was the second child in a family of four girls and two boys raised on a dairy farm in Labette County.
While her education began in a country school, the family later moved to a farm near Humboldt where she completed her elementary and high school education. During those years she was heavily involved in 4H and served for a time as a temporary 4-H county agent for Allen County.
After high school she attended Iola Junior College for a year then taught for three years in DeWitt and Humboldt before returning to K-State on a 4-H scholarship. In September 1948 she entered the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita, making her final profession in 1954.
Sister Prudentia taught in both public and Catholic schools in Kansas. Her longest tenure was from 1969 to 1993 at Colgan High School in Pittsburg where she taught a variety of Home Economics classes along with Religion, Health and Biology.
Even as a semi-retired teacher beginning in 1993, when she moved to Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita, she taught English as a Second Language, GED and religion classes, tutored, and was involved with immigration and refugee services.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Nelson and Margaret Hess, and one brother, James Nelson. Survivors include her sister Anna Ford, brother Robert Nelson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, StepStone, or to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.