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Barbara Ann Marty Nelson
Barbara Ann Marty Nelson, age 59, of Monroe, died on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at her home. She was born on January 27, 1955 the daughter of John and Irma (Baebler) Marty.

Barbara graduated from Monroe High School, attended Northwestern University and UW-Madison and earned a degree in music education.

Barbara and David Nelson were married in Texas in 1985.

Throughout Barb's life the common thread was community. Barb was happiest when she was in the service of her community. Barb's career began as a music teacher. She took a detour into the world of hospitality and the road led her to Texas where she worked for the TGI Fridays corporation. Eventually she returned to Monroe to run the Idle Hour Mansion with her husband and family. She worked tirelessly to create memorable events and experiences for all guests of the Mansion. Barb then went on to work for The Monroe Times and later the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. Barb's career in community work culminated with the Monroe Main Street Program. She was instrumental in developing the Market on the Square and Concerts on the Square series for Downtown Monroe. Barb believed in the mission and purpose of Monroe Main Street and was an authentic advocate for downtown Monroe and small businesses.

Serving her community was a core value for Barb. She served her community and shared her time, talent and energy with a variety of organizations. Barb was a Dairy Princess in 1973. She served in the Monroe Noon Optimist Club, the Women's Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, was part of the Green County Leaders program. Barb volunteered with the Monroe Balloon Rally, Taste of Monroe, Cheese Days and was a strong advocate for the arts. Barb loved music and theater and was a supporter of the Monroe Theatre Guild. Barb lived her life in service to her community and inspired others to do so. Barb humbly left her mark on the community in many ways.

Barb enjoyed good music, good food, and good stories. As a Cheesemaker's daughter, she found joy in the history and culture of Green County. She delighted many with her thoughtful and unique gifts.

She is survived by brother, Larry (Kathie) Marty of Monticello, dear friend Jack Reese, Cosmic Sister, Judie Hyde-Hintzman and her bird Bud. Numerous nieces and nephews who loved and respected her. Laura Ferguson, Monroe, Brigette Marty, Minneapolis, Scott (Monique Hassman) Noe, Readstown, Steve Fera, Waukesha, Renee (Joel) Noe-Miller, Oshkosh, David (Char) Noe, Waukesha, Mat Marty, Monticello and Desiree Marty, Monticello.

She is predeceased by her parents, John and Irma (Baebler) Marty, brother, Paul Marty, sister, Sheryl (Marty) Lynch.

As per Barb's wishes, a celebration of life will occur on Saturday, February 8th. The family will be greeting friends and relatives from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Ludlow Mansion in Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Monroe Noon Optimists, P.O Box 781, Monroe, WI 53566. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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