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Obituary for Deanna Darlene Nielsen

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Deanna Darlene Nielsen

July 30, 1937 - October 30, 2015


Deanna Darlene Nielsen, 78, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015, losing a long, courageous battle to complications precipitated by brain cancer.


Deanna was born on July 30, 1937, in Montello, Nevada to Nellie DeHeer and Delmore Baird. As a young woman, Deanna was a resident of Ogden, Utah where she worked as a sales clerk for Thrifty Drug Store. Her customers adored her and often chatted with her while they shopped. She married Robert L. Brady “Bob”; they were later divorced. Later she married Boyd J. Nielsen and moved to Arizona where she continued to work for Thrifty Drug. Deanna cared for Boyd during his long fight against a recurring brain tumor until he passed away. Eventually, she moved back to Ogden to be near her mother, where she worked for Wangsgards Market until she retired at 70 years old.


Deanna had a “heart of gold”, who accepted people for who they were. She was vivacious, passionate, caring, and tenacious. She was a giving person who expected nothing in return.  During her younger years, she enjoyed camping, family picnics, bowling, dancing, gardening, and having fun with family and friends. She loved animals, especially dogs, and treasured time spent with her Maltese companion Precious Grace. Despite the difficulties she faced throughout her life, she was always kind hearted and respectful. She remained internally hopeful and was a fighter to the end.


Deanna is survived by daughter Julie A. Dolan (Brady), son Timothy J. Nielsen, daughter-in-law DeAnn, seven grandchildren, Ashley, Jimmy, Kayla, Brodey, Matthew, Lance, and Logan, and three great grandchildren, Aiyanna “Yanna”,  Aidence “AJ” and MaCayla.  She is also survived by sister-in-law Danene, nephew Bruce, nieces Shureen and MiLauna, two grand-nieces ,four grand-nephews, uncle Bobby and aunt Marlene.


She is preceded in death by her husband Boyd, former husband Bob, her parents, brother Denny, and nephew Lon.


Family and friends will always remember Deanna for her beauty, “inside and out”, her courage, and her big, beautiful smile that would radiate the room. Many thanks to everyone who helped and supported her during her difficult journey, including cousin Georgia, Bobby, Marlene, Danene, friends Midge and Meredith, and the caregivers at Crestwood Care Center.


All family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, from 10-11 a.m. at the Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th St. Ogden, Utah. A Funeral  Service will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015. A reception will follow at the Leavitt’s Community Room.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: July 30, 1937
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John & Mary Ann Joseph posted on 11/14/15

Julie, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. We share in this time of grief but also share in the love and memories of Deanna Darlene. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.


Sandra Watts posted on 11/13/15

Deanna was really like a sister to me since I me her in Arizona. We did many things together while we lived there. I will truly miss her, I loved her very much.


Al and Cheryl Kovarik posted on 11/9/15

Although we never had the privilege of knowing Deanna personally, we knew her through her loving daughter Julie. Through Julie's eyes, we saw what a strong, loving, caring and wonderful person she was and that made us all the more sorry we never had the opportunity to know her as others have. We wanted Deanna's family and friends to know how deeply sorry we are over their loss. Her passing will leave a hole in all of your lives that can never be filled but on a brighter note, the wonderful memories that she gave everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her will hopefully help you deal with the sorrow of her passing!!


GAIL E. DUNLAP posted on 11/9/15

This is for the whole family, but especially, Julie. I am so happy that you got to spend that time we talked about - I'm jealous. You will miss her lots, I know, but she's with you always. The love is so strong, you'll feel it. My sincerest sympathies (& Rich, too) for this huge loss, but she finally is at peace and without pain. Hugs & love, Gail


Rae and Glenn Seplak posted on 11/5/15

Please accept our deepest sympathy on Deanna's passing.