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 Elva Cecelia Nelson

Elva Cecelia Nelson

Birth
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Death 15 Jul 1971 (aged 64)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_19_1_1
Memorial ID 142593 · View Source
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Elva Cecelia Nelson was born August 4, 1906 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to Nels H. and Johanne Marie Hansen Nelson. She died July 15, 1971 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

My Aunt Elva was a remarkable woman. She has always been an inspiration and role model to me and all who knew her. As a young woman Aunt Elva was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis which crippled her hands into closed fists that looked claw-like. She did not let this disability hinder her in doing what she wanted to do. She worked for many years at the old Salt Lake Knit and then Behive Clothing operating a machine that put buttonholes into LDS garments.

Like her sister Frances, Aunt Elva chose not to marry in order to take care of her aging mother and handicapped sister. Her life centered around her immediate family (her mother and two sisters). They worked together, each doing her jobs around the house and they always went as a group when they would visit friends or relitives, go to the store or just go for a ride on a nice day.

I remember the day when I was told at age 13 that their brother Carl was not my real father. I was beyond devastation. I sat at the kitchen table with Aunts Frances and Elva and told them the news and that I would understand if they no longer wanted me to be their nephew. Aunt Elva stood up and put her arms with their crippled hands around my neck and said "... we have always known Paull, we will never stop loving you and you will always be our nephew". I will never forget that day and the love that flowed from my sweet aunts heart.

Please leave some flowers for this dear lady. I know that she would be touched if you did.
Paull B. Gunderson



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  • Maintained by: Paull B. Gunderson
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142593
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elva Cecelia Nelson (4 Aug 1906–15 Jul 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142593, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Paull B. Gunderson (contributor 47400776) .