Myrtle NelsonSeptember 16, 1924 ~ January 14, 2018 (age 93)
Myrtle Jones Nelson slipped into eternity on January 14, 2018 at her home in Virden, NM surrounded by her family.
Myrtle was born on September 16, 1924 in Virden, NM to Fredrick William and Elnora Payne Jones. She was the ninth and last child born in her family. Her father, Will, passed away when she was only 18 months old. Her kind and loving mother, Ella, raised her and her siblings. She attended elementary school in Virden and graduated from Virden high school. She then attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City for a year. Instead of returning to college, she met and married Donald Carbine Nelson on October 20, 1944 in Mesa Temple. They were loving companions for 73 years.
Myrtle served for many years in the primary and Mutual programs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved the youth and knew that they were the future leaders of the church and society. She developed many bonds with those she served. She was known as “Aunt Myrtle” to many.
As she matured, her talents became apparent. She had a real gift of creative writing and was often asked by couples to write an original program for their wedding reception. She partnered with Nellie Jones on the piano for these programs. She collaborated with her sister Edith Clouse to write a roadshow, “Who Shot the Hole in My Sombrero!” which was published in a book of roadshows by the church.
Family history was another love of hers. She spent many hours doing research and writing family histories. She always said she was a “gleaner”. She would search for those ancestors who had been left out of their families and get their temple work done. Her family has been blessed with many life stories and family records because of her diligence.
She is survived by her husband of seventy-three years, Donald C. Nelson, two daughters; Diane (Skip) Chase; Jeane (Nelson) Lunt; two sons, Donald Grant (Debra) Nelson; Dale Carbine (Laurie) Nelson; 21 grandchildren, and 48 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Janell who died as an infant and one great granddaughter Avery Jane Brimley. She was the sole survivor of all of her immediate family.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Duncan LDS Stake Center. Viewing will be prior at 10:00 a.m., Bishop Travis Hatch will be officiating. Internment will follow at Virden Cemetery.