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Nellie Leona Meyn Godfrey & Lorraine Kay Godfrey
September 21, 1932 ~ September 10, 2018 January 27, 1961 ~ January 1, 2010
Our very strong and independent mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Nellie Leona Meyn Godfrey, age almost 86, passed away peacefully Monday, September 10, 2018, at 7:08 pm from causes incident to age. She was born on September 21, 1932, in Salt Lake City, UT to Volkert “Fred” Meyn and Neeltje “Nell” Runia Meyn, who had immigrated from The Netherlands only 2 years before. Therefore, Nellie’s first language was Dutch and, while she was always proud of her 100% heritage, she was an American all the way. She graduated from West High in 1950. Go Panthers!
Nellie moved to the Bay Area of California at age 21, was married for 12 years, and raised three children in San Lorenzo, CA. Needing to support her family after a divorce, her goal was to work from home as much as possible. She used her keyboarding and shorthand skills gained in high school to work as a court reporter transcriptionist in Oakland, CA and then in Salt Lake City, UT, when she moved her family here in 1973. She later became the Medical Staff Coordinator at St. Mark’s Hospital in Murray, Utah, a high-pressure and very responsible position working with intimidating hospital administrators and doctors, where she held her ground keeping them credentialed and scheduled for the hospital. She retired from St. Mark’s, moved to California (southern this time) for several years, and again returned to Salt Lake in the 1990’s to continue enjoying her children, grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren.
Nellie was endowed at the Bountiful Temple (her favorite) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she became prolific in genealogical research, submitting approx. 800 Dutch family names for temple work.
Nellie loved fun and made sure her children grew up with many trips to Disneyland, summer vacations in Santa Cruz learning to body surf, and enjoying summers at Sky Ranch Swimming Club in the golden hills of Crow Canyon, CA. Visits to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe were also family favorites. When she moved her family back to Salt Lake, she bought a large above-ground pool for the backyard and, missing the waves of the ocean, she figured out how to make a big wave (which luckily never broke the pool).
She is survived by her two oldest children: Pat (Kent) Barben and Frank (Kathy) Godfrey; her 10 wonderful grandchildren: Tyler Barben, Aaron (Valerie) Godfrey, Mike (Michelle) Godfrey, Claire Barben, Kimberly Godfrey (Stephen) Peaden, Trent (Heidi) Barben, Camille Barben, Alex (Brittany) Godfrey, Todd Barben and Lauren Godfrey; and her now nine adorable great-grandchildren: Spencer and twins John and Hyrum (parents Aaron and Valerie) Godfrey, Blake and twins Emma and Hayley (parents Kimberly and Stephen) Peaden, Caleb (parents Mike and Michelle) Godfrey, and Cambrie and her new sibling due in December (parents Alex and Brittany) Godfrey. She loves them all mucho and is looking forward to watching over them, and many more, from above. On her last day, when she was quite unresponsive otherwise, hearing their sweet voices over the phone made tears run down her cheeks. Nellie is also survived by her younger sister, Norma Jean Meyn Petersen, of Southern Utah.
Nellie was preceded in death by her youngest child, Lorraine Kay Godfrey, who passed away of heart failure, age almost 49, eight years ago on January 1, 2010, in Jersey City, NJ. Lorraine was born on January 27, 1961, in Castro Valley, CA and grew up in San Lorenzo, CA and Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from Granite High School. She was a very artistic and imaginative person and her professional career as a hair stylist included commercials (where she styled the hair of a past US president), independent and mainstream films, and television. She was also a photographer. She loved to travel the world whenever possible to places off the beaten track and lived in South America for a time where she learned Spanish. She thought the world of her 10 nieces and nephews and was excited to be a great-aunt to their children.
Nellie planned that her daughter, Lorraine, and she would be interred in matching urns and would rest in niches side-by-side at Memorial Estates Mortuary in West Jordan, UT.
Appreciation is expressed to those who cared for Nellie at Legacy Estates Memory Care Center in Taylorsville, Leavitts Mortuary in Ogden, and Memorial Estates Mortuary in West Jordan, UT. Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the LDS Stake Center, 3930 S. 6000 W.,, West Valley City, UT. Condolences and thoughts of Nellie and/or Lorraine may be expressed to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com