Ernestine Neff Nelson, age 76, passed away quietly in her home Monday evening, April 22, 1991, a victim of cancer.
She was born November 3, 1914 in Holladay, Utah to William C. and Carolyn Henricksen Neff. She married Carl E. Nelson, May 9, 1941 in New York City, New York; marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Reared and educated in Holladay, Utah; Mrs. Nelson graduated from East High School and continued her education at the University of Utah. Because of her interest in interior decorating, she continued her education at Pratt Institute in New York City. While there she met and married Dr. Carl E. Nelson. When he entered the service in World War II, she returned to Salt Lake and continued her education at the University. On his return she moved to New Jersey where they adopted four babies in a fifteen month period.In New Jersey she became a vice-president of the Ridgewood Womens Club in charge of arts. She became noted for her outstanding programs such as the life of the great author Tolstoi with the daughter of the author as her guest. She also was active in educational affairs where she chaired the committee that was responsible for introducing the teaching of a foreign language in the upper grade schools. She later moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she continued her work there at the University. She spent seven years in Saratoga, California where she assisted with high school programs and raised money for worthy causes. In 1971 she and her husband returned to Utah and were among the first to build a home in Bloomington.
In St. George, Mrs. Nelson was on the original Board of Directors which introduced the Academic Decathlon to Utah. She also served as president of the Dixie Health Care Foundation. Her activities in behalf of Dixie College, particularly in obtaining a microfiche collection having the equivalent of 40,000 pricless books for the library significantly increased the library's holdings. Active in the LDS Church, she has been YWMIA president several times, pioneering the Primary program in northern New Jersey before there was Church organization there. Wherever she has lived she has either headed a Church organization or taught classes.
Surviving family members include her husband, Carl, St. George; four children, Mrs. N. Scott "Cynthia" Porter, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Sanley W. "Katherine" Nelson Taylor, Solvang, Calif.; Mr. John N. Nelson, Yuma, Arizona; and Christopher C. Nelson, Salt Lake city; also eight grandchildren; one brother and two sisters, William H. Neff Jr., Holladay; Mrs. Evelyn Allred, Salt Lake City; and Mrs. Fred "Lucille" Berghour, Provo.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 25, 1991 at 3 p.m. at the Bloomington LDS Stake Center, 200 West Brigham Road. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., and again at the Stake center thursday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the services. Additional services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Wasatch lawn Chapel, 3401 So. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Entombment at Wasatch Lawn. Friends may, if the wish in lieu of flowers make contributions to Dixie Jubilee Home, 544 South 400 East, St. George, Utah 84770 in her home.
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