Logan Herald Journal, 05/30/13
LOGAN — Donna W. Nielson, 86, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend passed away May 26, 2013, at Logan Regional Hospital surrounded by family. She was born April 18, 1927, in St. Charles, Idaho, to Samuel and Thelma Wilkes. She had one brother, Paul, with whom she was very close. She graduated from Montpelier High School and attended Utah State University where she met her husband, Thomas Albert Nielson. They were married June 25, 1947, in the Logan LDS Temple. They had four children: Tana, Teri, Kirk and Greg. Together they owned Thomas Nielson Masonry. Donna returned to USU and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in business. She lovingly cared for her husband Tom after his heart transplant and together they raised three grandchildren. Tom passed away May 2000.
Donna was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served in many callings including presidencies and as a temple officiator. She was devoted to her family. She loved her children and grandchildren. She was an excellent cook, a beautiful seamstress, a world traveler, an avid reader and a Utah Jazz fan. Family memories at the cabin she built with Tom at Bear Lake will always be cherished. She was a member of DUP, Clio and many bridge clubs. She had many wonderful friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Tana (Phil) Christensen of Las Vegas, Teri (Craig) Simper of Brigham City; her son Greg (Vicki) of North Logan; her 11 grandchildren, Erik, Kira, Kelli, Megan, Brandy, Jake, Kasey, Jordan, Adam, Dylan and Riley; and her 19 great-grandchildren, Carter, Hayden, Mallory, Raegan, Jackson, Cooper, Natalie, Archer, Katrina, Kelsey, Kevin, Kassie, Kyler, Parley, Emmett, Addie, Ella, Crew and Hunter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom, her husband of 53 years, her brother Paul, her son Kirk, and a grandson, Jonathan C. Simper.
We will remember her for her loving kindness, generosity, listening ear, elegant style, intelligence, independence and perseverance. She was deeply loved and appreciated by her family and friends. She was a great example to all of us.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Foothill 2nd Ward, 1450 E. 1500 North, Logan, Utah. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St. in Logan and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Foothill 2nd Ward. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www. allenmortuaries.net.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Stones, Dr. Weiss and the ICU and Transitional Care nursing staff at Logan Regional Hospital for their kindness and wonderful care. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund.