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Kalyani (Purushotham) Nelson

March 22, 1940 ~ December 8, 2020 (age 80)


Kalyani Nelson was born on March 22, 1940 in Vellore, India and she entered eternity December 8, 2020 in Riverside, California, U.S.A.

Kalyani and Raj Nelson were married just two months short of 58 years. She was a thoughtful wife and a Godly mother. Kalyani raised two sons, Joshua and Deepak. She also took care of the family when Raj was called to minister in India.

Raj and Kalyani ministered at the University of California, Riverside from 1989 to 2018. A diverse range of students attended University Christian Fellowship. Kalyani fed them with delicious Indian food every month. Students described her as "loving and generous" and "passionate and outspoken." She was indeed passionate about presenting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, whether in the grocery store or at the bank. Even in the decorations of her especially clean living room, one can see the life of Jesus Christ depicted from the Nativity Scene to the Empty Tomb!

Kalyani led a very busy life. She taught special education for Fontana Unified School District. She spent much time in intercessory prayer for others. She was passionate about teaching God's Word and taught a women's Bible Study group from 1984 to 2004. One of her studies is a published, full-length Devotional Commentary on the book of Revelation, which has been well received by missionaries, ministers, and Christian families alike.

Kalyani led a very painful life. She suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years, telling a friend, "Pain is my constant companion." Even in pain, she was faithful in carrying out the many aspects of her own ministry to others, and of being a loving wife and nurturing mother.

Kalyani Nelson was a committed Christian, and a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ – She was dedicated to developing and loving so many other disciples of Jesus Christ.

Kalyani was preceded in death by her son Deepak. She is survived by her husband Raj and her son Joshua.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.

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Graveside Service
December 21, 2020

11:00 AM
Evergreen Memorial Park
4414 14th street
Riverside, CA 92501

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