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Leslie Ann (Swanson) Nelson

May 17, 1987 — September 3, 2023

Battle Creek

Leslie Ann Nelson, 36, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at home in the loving care of her husband, Lee.

She was born on May 17, 1987 to David Swanson and Betty Hamilton in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was a graduate of Harper Creek High School and went onto Kellogg Community College earning her Associate's Degree.

On June 18, 2021 she married David "Lee" Nelson in Marshall. Leslie managed the Sprint and then Digital Highway retail stores in Marshall and Battle Creek for many years. She also managed the office at Lee's Custom Body and Paint Shop in Marshall.

Leslie loved all animals, especially her cats, Sam, Oscar and Tinker. She enjoyed boating and fishing as she found great comfort being on the water. One of her favorite things to do was for her and Lee to take a car ride and randomly stop at a lake to walk in and get her feet wet. Leslie looked forward to fall and the opening day of deer hunting. She was a very talented person, including being an excellent artist, cook and someone who would try and fix just about anything.

Leslie is survived by her loving spouse David "Lee" of Battle Creek, Michigan; her mother, Betty Hamilton of Ceresco, Michigan; her father, David Swanson of Marshall, Michigan; her step-sons, Derek (Erin) Nelson of Crystal River, Florida and Jeremy Nelson of Lincoln Park, Florida; her grandchildren, Gauge Nelson, Braxton Nelson, Ally Nelson, Chesney Nelson, Carson Nelson and Carter Nelson; her siblings, Bill (Tammy) Swanson of Spencerville, Indiana,  Brenda (Mike) Beach of E. Leroy, Michigan and Lauren (Andrew Bolt) Swanson of Bellevue, Michigan; her maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hamilton of Marshall, Michigan and her father and mother in law, David (Margaret) Nelson of Battle Creek, Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Richard Hamilton and paternal grandparents, Robert (Grace) Swanson.

A Celebration of Leslie's Life will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Convis Township Hall (19500 15 Mile Rd., Marshall, MI 49068).

Memorial donations may be directed to Companion Cats (29 Hoag St. Battle Creek, MI 49014) or to the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy 27 N Marshall, Michigan 49068. Please visit to view the online obituary, to sign the online guest book or to leave the family condolences.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Leslie Ann (Swanson) Nelson, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

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