Nielson, Elberta Brown
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our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Elberta, passed away on October 7, 2012. Elberta was born on March 26, 1935 to Egbert J. and Elva Brown in Mesa, Arizona. She was the oldest of four children, Elberta, Duaine J, Wayne J and Henry E. As the first child and only daughter, Elberta was known as the "darling" of many aunts and uncles who "spoiled her rotten". She loved her Grandmother Brown and loved to help her pick peaches, corn and strawberries. In her early years, she attended school at the old Alma School, Lincoln School, Irving School and Franklin School. She loved attending Mesa High School and was active in student council, co-editor of The Jackrabbit and was chosen as Mesa High's first homecoming queen. Throughout these years of schooling, Elberta had a love for Lars Peter Nielson. In Elberta's words, "Lars came into my life at a young and tender age". Staying true to her promise to her dad that she would graduate from high school before getting married, Elberta and Lars were married the Monday following high school graduation in the Mesa Arizona temple, June 1, 1953. Elberta is survived by her eternal companion, Lars Peter Nielson. After losing their first baby, Elberta and Lars had six more children. Daughter Tana Nielson Alldredge (Michael), son Lars P. Nielson, Jr. (Michelle), daughter Heidi Nielson Gifford (Dan), sons Jon Fredrick Nielson (Pam), Christopher E Nielson (Melanie), Eric Reid Nielson (Cindy). In addition, they currently have 29 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Each of the children and grandchildren knew that they always came first to mom and dad/grandma and grandpa. In 1981, Elberta began her journey to earn her teaching degree. She completed her bachelor degree at Arizona State University and her master's degree at Northern Arizona University and spent fourteen years teaching at Edison Elementary. Many knew Elberta as a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as she was a great example of selfless service. She reached many hearts through her talented baking and kind deliveries from her kitchen. Elberta spent countless hours serving and sharing her talents as pianist and organist owing to her devoted study and love of beautiful music. She has left a legacy of piano players with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many others to whom she taught. She loved the outdoors. She loved hard work. She loved rain. She loved family. She loved home. She hated cancer and she hated the physical limitations caused by the cancer. But she loved all the kindness, the tenderness, the help and endless administration to help her through these past difficult four years of battle with ovarian cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Egbert J. Brown, and her daughter, Debra Nielson. A time to visit with the family will be held Friday, October 19th from 6 - 8 PM at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N Centennial Way in Mesa, and from 9-10 AM on Saturday, October 20th at the Lazona Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1345 E University. The funeral will follow at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to
or the LDS Church Educational Fund. Interment will be in the Mesa City cemetery.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2012