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Obituary for Marilyn Ruth Nelson

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Marilyn Ruth Nelson

June 16, 1932 - April 21, 2011

Marilyn Ruth NelsonMarilyn Ruth Nelson, age 78, was reunited with her sweetheart Keith Leavitt Nelson on April 21, 2011 in Ogden, Utah. She was born June 16, 1932 in Oxford, Harlan County, Nebraska, the first of nine children born to Arthur Frederick Wahl and Nellie Laurine Lester. She grew up in Nebraska and Washington, as well as Ashton, and Sugar City, Idaho. Marilyn married the love of her life, Keith Leavitt Nelson, December 28, 1982, in Ogden, Utah. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will be missed by her surviving daughters, Christine (Bobby) Delise, Melinda (Devern) Anderson, and her sons Kim (Melissa) Nelson, and Merrill Nelson, in addition to 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers, James (Wilma) Wahl, Norwalk, CA., Fred Wahl, Alexandria, VA., and sisters, Faye (Grand) Leavitt, Idaho Falls, ID., Renee (Gerald) Quick, Boise, ID., Patricia (John) Davis, SLC, UT., Kathryn (Craig) Ricks, Rexburg, ID., and sister-in-law June Nelson Gordon, SLC, UT.Preceding her in death were her husband, Keith, her parents, a brother, Zane, a sister, Vedene, and grandson Brian Anderson. Services will be held Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the services. Interment in Lewiston City Cemetery, Lewiston, Utah at a later date.The family wishes to express their thanks to the Wasatch Care Center and Heart to Heart Hospice, and friends and family who have assisted in any way. A special thanks to Marilyn’s niece, Robyn Talbot and nephew Steven Nelson, who gave their untold hours of loving care and friendship. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Time: 10:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Marilyn Ruth Nelson

Born: June 16, 1932
Died: April 21, 2011

Condolences for Marilyn Ruth Nelson

Marilyn Bartschi Uharriet posted on 4/26/11

Marilyn and I loved the Nelson reunions in Bloomington, Idaho. We used to greet each other with, "Hi, Marilyn", and "Hi, Marilyn". She was a sweet, beautiful lady and I was so sad when she had her stroke. My cousin, Keith, loved and talked of her often....I am so glad they are together again. Love to all the family. Cousin Marilyn


Suzi posted on 4/26/11

I'm Happy that your not suffering anymore & with your Sweetheart,Brian & other family members. I hope that you & Grandpa dance your lil sweet hearts out. I will miss you...but blessed with precious memories..Thank you so much!Love You AlwaysYour lil Suzi


Diana Amman posted on 4/26/11

Hello Sweet Marilyn and family...I have so many wonderful memories of Marilyn and her devoted family. One is of Marilyn sitting at the window waiting for her husband Keith to come and visit her. Once he was there her whole attention was focused on him--and when he left, she would sit at the window watching him leave and then and only then could anyone talk with her. They loved each other so much.Marilyn also had so many family members come to see her and call her to express their love. Kim, Melissa and family, Robyn and hubby, Steve and others of her family loved her so. We at Wasatch Care Center also loved her and her family.Marilyn, we will miss you and Keith so much but are so excited for the journey that lies ahead for you both!Love, Diana


Kathy Davies Ricks posted on 4/25/11

Our sorrow at loosing you for a time is deep - but our joy for you far exceeds our sorrow. What a glorious reunion - wow - I think of your sweetheart, Keith, your Mom, Dad and Vedene, and so many others - . My joy is full for you. We Love you - forever - Kathy & Craig


Patricia Davis posted on 4/25/11

Marilyn, what I meant to say to you was that you, "Hobo Joe" should rest now and be with God. I was thinking of another little story of the tramp and meant to say that you were a fine "Hobo Joe." Love, your sister, Patricia


Patricia Davis posted on 4/24/11

Dear sweet little Keith used to refer to you...I will miss you. Rufus will miss you. John will miss you. We adored and loved your wit, your love of life and your great witch, little tramp, go now with God. Love, Patricia


Natalie Straber posted on 4/24/11

Dear Grandma, I miss you terribly and only wish to see you one more time as you will be terribly missed by me and everyone else. I used to always love to hear you whitch cackle and your wolf howl. I will keep you in my prayers and willsee you in my dreams!!Love always, Natalie


Bonnie Hardeman posted on 4/24/11

I was a friend of Keith and Marilyn's for many years when I lived in Ogden I visited with her many times when she first had her stroke and after she went into the nursing home. Some of the things I will always remember about her is how she was always so beautiful. She loved to have her fingernails painted so when she had her first stroke and was in a coma, Keith made arrangements for someone to come in and paint her nails because he knew how important it was to her. I also know she loved perfume. On one of our cruises I made it a point to visit a Perfumery in Bermuda so I could bring back their own special perfumes just for Marilyn. I visited her every time I came back for a visit to Ogden and I will miss seeing her when I come in June but I am happy that she is with her beloved Keith again. Two beautiful souls like Keith and Marilyn should not be separated for very long. God bless the families. You will be in my prayers.


Barbara Sayler posted on 4/23/11

To the family of my wonderful friend! My mother, Myrtle Alsup was a roomie of Marilyn's for a couple of years until her death in Nov, 2005. Marilyn was her caretaker when I could not be there. We became very good friends because I was in to see them every day, seven days a week. I use to buy pizza and Marilyn and I enjoyed it together. I saw her every time I returned to Ogden after moving back home to Idaho in 2007. I will miss those visits so much. She was like a big sister to me and never failed to tell me that she loved me. What a gracious lady! I am sorry to see her go, but know she has suffered so much. She is in her Heavenly Father's arms now. And with that wonderful husband Keith, who was a very sweet man to know. God Bless all of you!!!


Rainy Straber posted on 4/23/11

Grandma, your suffering is over now, we all will miss you but know your happy now..Love You Always Rainy