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Norma Nielson Boren

01/27/1931 - 03/18/2018
Service Date: 03/23/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kimball Stake Center, 1266 S. 32nd Street, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona

Norma Nielson Boren, age 87, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2108, surrounded by family. Born January 27, 1931 in Preston, Idaho to Frihoff Andrew and Jessie Chadwick Nielson.

Norma attended East High School and the University of Utah. She met JD Boren on a blind date at the urging of his roommate and her friend. The couple married in 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. Norma and JD enjoyed sixty-five years as partners and friends. They served in the Jefferson City Missouri Mission and the Mesa Arizona Temple. She remained devoted to her faith and family history work.

As the wife of a USAF officer, Norma created a loving, inviting home for family and neighbors at each station. Norma was a good listener and made lifelong friends. She truly cared and served others all her life. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, music and had quite a sweet tooth. Norma supported her children and grandchildren in church, school, scouting, music and other activities.

Preceded in death by her parents and sister, Beverlee Williams. Survived by her husband, J Donald Boren; sisters, Lucille Jensen and Noreen Nielson; daughter, Ann (Steve) Doncaster; sons, Logan (Luisa), Jay (Donnelle), Jon (Amber), Brad (Staci) and Steve (Shelley); 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral: Friday, March 23, 2018, 10 AM, Kimball Stake Center, 1266 S. 32nd St., Mesa. Viewing: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6-8 PM, Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, and Friday, 9-9:45 AM prior to the service. Interment at National Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ. The family thanks Julia and the Citrus Manor Staff for their loving care of Norma (Mom). In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to your favorite charity.


  • We got to serve and love Norma; she has a sweet spirit. And loves her family. We were so thankful to be allowed to help Norma with her last journey to be reunited with her heavenly father, and family. I just know her and Jesse are baking up something, or helping someone on the other side of the veil. Love, Julia

  • Keith and Amy Jo Sawyer

    We were stationed at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX from May to Oct 1959. JD was an instructor pilot and I was a student. What a super couple, Norma and JD. What a comfort to know they are sealed for eternity. Our love and condolences to JD and family.

  • Steve and Carol Solomon

    So sorry to hear of Normas passing and your loss. We enjoyed getting to know her while working with you both at the Mesa Temple. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • My deepest condolences to the family for your loss.Truly heartbreaking. Our Heavenly Father gives us a beautiful thought when He promises us that soon death will be “swallowed up forever.” (1 Cor. 15:54) Along with this, God also guarantees that ones who have died will be able to live again. (John 5:28,29) I hope these encouraging scriptures can bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

  • My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  • My deep condolences to the Boren family,
    I was really touched by the loss of your loved one. When a precious loved one falls asleep in death, it brings to mind God’s precious son Jesus. It is comforting to note how he viewed death. I would like to share it with you from the gift that the Most High God has given to each & everyone of us. Yes, His written word the Bible. In the Book of John chapter 11 verses 11-14 please, notice that Jesus viewed death as one Sleeping. He viewed death in such a comforting way. And, the Most High God promises that we can have the opportunity to see our loved ones again in perfect health (Psalms 83:18, Acts 24:15, & Isaiah 33:24). He even says where: Psalms 37:11 and for how long Psalms 37:29). I really hope that these promises were as comforting to you as they were to us when our daughter died and also when my precious husband of 50 years fell asleep in death due to cancer. I truly understand the pain that comes from losing someone so precious to us.
    Written to you in deep sympathy,

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