After serving on the Texas Board of Education, this Republican Party politician represented her state's ninth and twelfth districts in the Texas Senate.
After graduating from North Texas State University, she worked in both business and education before beginning her political career.
During her time in the Texas Senate, she championed bills related to women's and children's physical and mental health.
A native of Hamilton, Ohio, she later settled in Flower Mound, Texas. Her marriage to Mike Nelson resulted in five children.
She and fellow Republican politician Kent Hance were both elected to the Texas Senate.