Madeline Nelson-4-20-2024

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memorial page for 

Madeline Farrow Nelson

June 26, 1947
~April 6, 2024



VISITATION- Saturday 4-20-2024
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FUNERAL SERVICE - Saturday 4-20-2024
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
11:00 AM

White Ridge Cemetery
246 Wall St.
Eatontown, NJ 07724

On Saturday, April 6, 2024, Madeline Farrow Nelson surrounded by loved ones peacefully transitioned from her home in Eatontown, NJ to her heavenly home.

Madeline was born in Long Branch, NJ on June 26,1947 to the parents of Theodore J. Farrow and Sarah (James) Farrow.  Madeline was the fifth child of six siblings: Theodore “Jake” Farrow, Nathaniel Farrow, Janice (Farrow) Stathum, Walter Farrow, and Floyd Farrow.

Madeline graduated from Long Branch High School in 1965.  A few years after graduating she started her family and had 2 daughters - Zetra S. Farrow and Alisha Nelson-Smith who were her greatest joys in life.  The three of them were best of friends.

She was baptized by the late Reverend C.P. Williams and was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Long Branch, where she was on the Young Adult Usher Board for several years.

Madeline enjoyed helping others, so it was no surprise she began her career at Monmouth Medical Center working as an Aide Coordinator for 30 plus years until her retirement in 2017 from Hackensack Meridian Rehabilitation Center in Shrewsbury, NJ.

Madeline enjoyed family gatherings, going to Atlantic City, and playing Pokeno with all of her old friends.  She played to win and that she did!  She also enjoyed good music with a glass of wine.  As a matter of fact, she was a member of the local singing group from the early 1960’s: The Exceptionals.

Madeline is predeceased by her parents Theodore and Sarah Farrow and her three brothers Walter, Nathaniel, and Floyd.  She is also predeceased by Robert “Ducie” Riley and her former husband Al Nelson.

She leaves to cherish her life her daughters Zetra S. Farrow, Eatontown, NJ; Alisha Nelson-Smith (Chris), Toms River, NJ; grandchildren, Rayonna Pridgen, Eatontown, NJ; Zhane Alston, Eatontown, NJ; Kierra Smith; Toms River, NJ; two great-grandchildren, Kamorah Drayton and Damari Randolph; her brother Theodore “Jake” Farrow; sister Janice Stathum; cherished nephew Theodore “TJ” Farrow, New Haven, CT; godchildren Sirett Fuller and Todd “TJ” Stathum, Jr. and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other family and friends too many to name.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Madeline Farrow Nelson or American Parkinson Disease Association in memory of Madeline Farrow Nelson -



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  1. Joanne O'Connell says:

    Madeline was a co-worker of my husband and me for many years at Meridian Nursing & Rehab. She was terrific at her job and was even named Best CNA in New Jersey – a tremendous honor! Most of all, she was a wonderful person. I will always be grateful to her for supporting my husband David when he had a difficult time at work. We’ll always remember you, Madeline!
    We were blessed to have known you. David & Joanne O’Connell

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