Alexis Clare Lovelace was born in Wichita, Kansas on 10 October 1945. Alexis is the daughter of Clare Alexander “Chick” and Clarice Marvin Lovelace. Chick Lovelace was killed in action in WWII, and Alexis was raised by her mother with help from her grandmothers, Pearl McCleery Lovelace and Nellie Long Marvin. Alexis lived in Enid, Oklahoma as a small child and grew up in Oklahoma City where she attended Northwest Classen and graduated from Putnam City High School in 1963. Alexis graduated from Oklahoma University with a B.S. in Art and English Education in 1967. While at Oklahoma University she served on the Sudent Senate and did the publicity for the engineering school. She was active in the Art Committee and her sorority Alpha Phi. It was there at O.U. that she met Mike Nelson at a Kappa Sigma fraternity party.
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They were married 27 Dec 1966 at St. John's Methodist Church, Oklahoma City in an ice storm. Alexis and Mike moved to Tahlequah, and Alexis did post graduate work at Norteastern University. Alexis and her husband moved to Valdosta, Georgia, and he became an Air Force pilot. Alexis volunteered teaching art classes in the Officers Club. They then moved to Warner Robins, Georgia, and Mike flew supplies into Vietnam and other countries. Alexis gave birth to a baby girl, Michelle, during this time, and they moved to Burkburnette, Texas in 1970 for heliporter training. Then Alexis and Michelle, who was one year old, moved to Oklahoma City while Mike Nelson flew a rescue helicopter in Vietnam. They then moved to Enid for two years and then to Yorba Linda, California, where she had her second baby, a boy named Mitchell, in 1973. They then moved to Muskogee in 1977.
Alexis has been involved in working in her husband’s optometry office and the Muskogee community and her church. She held several offices in PTA, was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, member of the League of Women Voters, on the board of Perspectives Wowen’s Resourse Center, a lifetime member of Service League of Muskogee, board member of Eastern Oklahoma Spelling Bee, head of Joy of Giving Shoppe, a Deacon and Elder at the Presbyterian Church, and an officer in Muskogee Indian Territory Chapter of DAR. Alexis has traveled throughout the United States and to twenty foreign countries and islands in the Carribean, Mediterranean and English Channel. Her teaching experience has been as a part time GED teacher at Georgia Pacific and Blvd. Christian Church; however, her long time GED teaching was at Grace Episcopal Church where she and Virginia Lipotich taught together 28 years. They had over 550 students complete the program and receive a State of Oklahoma High School Diploma. Alexis is started teaching GED as a volunteer in January 2012 at Muskogee County Jail, and she still spends each Wednesday afternoon there.
I like being part of DAR, as we are involved in various patriotic projects. Our DAR chapter is involved in the Naturalization Ceremonies at our local Federal Court House, and we provide a reception for our new citizens. We also help put out flags and wreaths at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. I enjoy being active in my church and my community, and I am excited about the work I have been doing on genealogy. WikiTree has been a really great experience for me, as I joined in March 2017 without much knowledge. I was so excited when my grandmother, Pearl McCleery won photo of the week, and I even cried tears of joy when she won 2018 photo of the year. The trophy Eowyn Langholf sent has a special place in my dining room. I am still a real beginner, but I am gradually getting better with the kind help at WikiTree.
Alexis Lovelace Nelson Family Tree: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Lovelace-Family-Tree-587#
Spouse Mike Nelson: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nelson-12533
Spouse family tree: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Nelson-Family-Tree-12533#
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