Nikki Haley says her sister-in-law died of COVID-19
By Meg Kinnard
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says
her sister-in-law has died after contracting the coronavirus.
Haley tweeted last Tuesday that Rhonda Lee Nelson, sister of
her husband Michael, "passed the day before Thanksgiving of
According to an online obituary, Nelson, 53, lived in West
Milton, Ohio, and died November 25. She was remembered as a
singer and piano musician who "ministered to many inside and
outside of the church."
According to Nelson’s obituary, the memorial service was held
at the Shepherd’s Field Christian Church in Potsdam, Ohio.
Haley — the governor of South Carolina in late 2016 when
President Donald Trump selected her as ambassador to the United
Nations — provided no further details on Nelson’s death, which
came as coronavirus numbers rise across the country and in
states including Ohio. According to an Associated Press analysis
of data provided by The COVID Tracking Project, the seven-day
rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio has risen over the
past two weeks from 7,618 on November 22 to 8,656 on December 6.
One in every 193 people in Ohio tested positive for the virus
in the past week.
Nelson’s obituary thanked her wide support network of family
and friends "who have all showed their love for her through the
years and even greater through her last days." In her tweet,
Haley said her sister-in-law "loved God, her family & all who
knew her. She will be missed."