DeEtte Munk Nelson, age 64, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, September 28, 1998, after more than a five-year valiant fight with breast cancer.
DeEtte was born in Gunnison, Utah on September 21, 1934 and was the 10th of 11 children of Louis Christian and Dagmar Mortensen Munk. She grew up in Gunnison and attended the local schools. DeEtte also attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah.DeEtte married Roger Hugh Nelson on August 26, 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Most of their married life was spent in Salt Lake City, except for brief periods in New York City, Germany and England. She was an eager and energetic traveler and loved to live and learn about other cultures. She was a great and friendly ambassador to all she met.
DeEtte was a gracious and friendly host and loved to entertain her family and numerous friends. She took great pride in her home which was always a place filled with an abundance of cheer and happiness, reflecting the joy and warmth of the changing seasons. She had an amazing ability to reach out and make everyone feel like they were a part of her family. She loved playing Bridge and spent many happy hours with dear friends.
DeEtte was an active member and a distinguished past President of the University of Utah Womens Club where she created many innovative programs, helped establish womens scholarship funds, and is credited with effective efforts to enhance the benefits to many retired spouses of retired faculty persons. She hosted and warmly entertained hundreds of College of Business faculty and students. Also, DeEtte was an active and enthusiastic member of the Utah Opera Guild and The Ensign Club.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, she served in numerous leadership positions including Primary President, Counselor in the Primary and Relief Society, Teacher in the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society. She also served for more than ten years as a Hostess for the LDS Church at the Church Office Building and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
She was proactive in supporting local and national causes to create greater awareness of the need for aggressive new efforts and programs to fight Breast Cancer. She served for five years as a Reach to Recovery Volunteer for the American Cancer Society and received an Outstanding Achievement Award for her compassionate services.
DeEtte was a truly good and beloved wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her family every waking moment. She will forever be remembered and held dear to the hearts of her husband, beautiful family and numerous friends from across the country.
She is survived by her life-long husband and friend, Dr. Roger H. Nelson; two sons, Steven R. (Linda), of Gunnison, Utah; Mark L. (Bobbi), of Mapleton, Utah; one daughter, Deanne, Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandsons, Chase, Zane, Drake, and Brandon; two granddaughters, Hailee, and Brinley. She is also survived by five dear sisters, Mavis Hansen, Nephi, Utah; Betty Barton, Manti, Utah; Barbara Lunt (Morris), Nephi, Utah; Luella Jorgensen, Redmond, Utah; and Charlene (Hal) Seeley, Kaysville, Utah; four loving brothers, Claine L., Vienna, Virginia; Keith M. (Myrtle), Logan, Utah; Max V. (Jean), Salt Lake City, Utah; and Donald W. (Nola) Richfield, Utah; many special and loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; and brother, Robert E.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, October 1, 1998 at the Monument Park 11th Ward Chapel, 1565 South Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah at 12 noon, with a viewing from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. There will also be a viewing at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South on Wednesday evening, September 30th, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
DeEtte and her family extend their love and thanks for the thoughtful care of Dr. Greg Litton, Dr. Kenneth Neilsen, Dr. Chris Nielsen and the many other doctors and nurses who assisted DeEtte in her courageous battle with cancer.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, 15 N. 2030 E., Room 2160, SLC, UT, 84112-5330; or the University of Utah Womens Scholarship Fund c/o The Development Office, U. of U., SLC, UT, 84112.
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