Megan M. Nelson, a Baltimore native and Iraq war veteran, died of ovarian cancer June 9 at a Berkeley, Calif., hospital. The former Pasadena resident was 51.
Born Megan Morris in Baltimore and raised in the Radnor-Winston section of Govans, she played bagpipes while attending Roland Park Junior High and Northern High School, where she graduated in 1973. She also danced in the Scots Highland style.
At 17 she spent a summer in Finland and made the first of several trips to Russia, then the Soviet Union, and later earned a degree in Russian at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
She was a downtown teller at the old Loyola Federal Savings and Loan Association and a clerk at the Social Security Administration at Woodlawn for several years.
At 30, she joined the Army and studied Russian at a military language school in Monterey, Calif. She was stationed in West Germany for several years.
She returned to Baltimore and took up a career in nursing at Essex Community College and remained in the Army Reserves. She nursed at Mercy Medical Center.
In 2000, she moved to Florida and married Kent Nelson, a technical writer she had known in the Army.
In 2002, she was called up for the Iraq War buildup and assigned to the Kuwait desert. Family members said she made trips into Iraq after the war started in 2003.
After a year of military service, she returned to the U.S. and moved to Sacramento, Calif., and resumed her nursing career.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. July 8 at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her mother, Margaret T. Morris of Baltimore; two brothers, G. Robert Morris of Piedmont, Calif., and John W. Morris, Jr. of Towson; a sister, Barbara A. Morris of Baltimore; and two nieces.