Patty Nielson of Alpine, Utah died Monday, March 12 due to a car accident. She lived a life full of travel, family, belief, stories, and fun. She was born on February 18, 1939 to Mitchell and Glenda Bushman, and grew up in Show Low, Arizona. Her college degree from Brigham Young University was in elementary education.
She married Frederick Pratt Nielson, who was then a second lieutenant in the Air Force on September 5, 1961. Their first three years together were spent in France, which Patty always considered an extended honeymoon.
She is survived by her sister, Janene Richins of West Jordan; her husband, Fred, and all five of their children: M’Li Hoki of Pleasant Grove learned incredible organization skills from her mom, and as a landscape business owner taught Patty to prune her peach tree, Joel Nielson, of Layton, learned to speak at eight months from his mom and taught Patty to appreciate her own skill with words by pointing out that “you’re already an author” when Patty finished her first novel at age 78, Heather Wimmer, of Kansas City, learned educational excellence from her mom and taught Patty to keep a regular blog, Paige Ladd, of Henderson, Nevada, learned to sew from her mom and taught Patty to weave chapters together in a way that flows for a full-length novel and Kirsta Evans, of Henderson, Nevada, learned to present information clearly and lovingly to children from her mom, and followed in Patty’s footsteps by becoming a professional teacher.
She is preceeded in death by her parents and three brothers: Warren, Boyd, and Derral.
Patty enjoyed 57 years of marriage to Fred, telling stories to her 18 grandchildren, traveling to five continents and serving a mission in Tonga with her husband. Her ability to make any gathering into a party will be missed, but we will try our best with her funeral.
Services were held in Alpine, Utah on March 16th.