Georgia Mae Nielson, age 91, passed away peacefully in the presence of her Lord and Savior on September 16, 2022 at her home in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Andrew and Opal Belle Blevins. She eloped and married the love of her life and best friend, Karl Joseph Nielson, on January 15, 1949 in Randolf, Arizona. They were married for 73 years and 8 months…and her mother said it wouldn’t last.
Georgia was a dedicated mother and wife first and foremost but craved continuing her education and graduated from Arizona State University. She had a special love and place in her heart for teaching and loved every minute of her time teaching elementary students. She was also a business owner for many years. Her vivacious personality and humor made people around her laugh. She had an undeniable wit. She was a woman of faith, family, and country.
She enjoyed spending time at her cabin in Pinetop, Arizona, snowmobiling, riding quads, flying her airplane, traveling, playing cards and bridge, family vacations, and playing slot machines. To her delight, she even scored a hole in one while golfing. She could quilt, cook the best meat loaf and homemade ice cream. She started every morning watching “The Price is Right” then worked on a 500 piece puzzle. Saturday was the day she watched cowboy movies.
Georgia is survived by her husband, Karl, and seven children who are Georgine Nielson, Kirk (Deneen), Karla Carlson, Sherrie Coker (Randy Coker) Craig Nielson, Kent (Barbara) and Keith Nielson, along with 17 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.
As a couple, she and her husband served in the Papago Ward for 17 years and loved every second. They were still considered the oldest members of the 20th ward. Services will be held to celebrate her life at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mesa 20th Ward Building located at 848 West Westwood Drive on Wednesday, September 21, at 1:00 pm. Visitation with the family in the Relief Society room between 12pm-12:45pm the day of the funeral.