Vera Mae |
1926 ~ 2014
Vera Mae Nelson Later, age 87, passed away March 4, 2014 in American Fork, Utah surrounded by loved ones.
Born September 22, 1926 in Logan (College Ward), Utah to Joseph Wesley and Martha Stender Nelson, she was raised on a dairy farm with six siblings where she learned the value of hard work. She graduated from South Cache High School and Utah State University in home economics and, on September 3, 1947, married Wendell Cordon Later in the Idaho Falls Temple. Wendell passed away in 2005. She was a devoted member of the LDS Church, served in many church callings, and had deep faith in Jesus Christ. She taught her family these same values.
Vera's greatest joys were her children and grandchildren, and she loved and sacrificed continually for them. She valued and stressed education and was proud of her family's academic achievements. Vera was an avid sports fan and loved to watch her kids and grandkids in any sports or other activities. She was a talented seamstress, loved to garden, and was very frugal. Vera obtained a second degree in elementary education and taught school for 30 years. She liked to buy rental properties and managed many of them. Vera and Wendell spent much of their lives on Indian reservations in Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, Arizona, and Nevada where he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They lived in Mt. Home, Idaho for 30 years and moved to Highland, Utah in 2000.
Vera is survived by three sons and three daughters: Robert (Connie), Richard (Carol), Karen (Mark) Stephens, David (Collette), Sandra (Galen) Mooso, Janice (Monty) Wells; 32 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren and a brother Edwin Nelson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hillcrest 2nd Ward, 150 West 1120 North, American Fork. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Saturday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial in American Fork Cemetery.
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Published in Deseret News on Mar. 6, 2014