Our beloved mother and grandmother, Dorothy Ellen Sperry Neilsen, returned to her Heavenly Father on November 27, 2019 at the age of 92. She lived a beautiful life, full of family, faith, and service.
Dorothy was the third of four children born to Leora Ellen Belliston and Edward Burdette Sperry on February 26, 1927 in Nephi, Utah. She attended public schools in Nephi, Utah and graduated from Juab High School. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and while she faithfully served in many callings, her greatest joy was in ministering to family and friends.
Dorothy married her sweetheart, Clarence Milton Neilsen, on June 3, 1948 in the Manti LDS Temple. They were blessed with three children and were life-long residents of Mona, Utah.
Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress and had a lovely voice. In her later years, Dorothy served with her husband, Milton, as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for over 45 years, serving in many positions in that organization.
When Milton died suddenly on August 3, 1996, Dorothy became a widow for over 23 years. She was an example to all as she continued on with faith and courage, anxiously waiting to join him in eternity. Her life legacy is one of a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter Nancy (LaMonte) Dansie, American Fork; son Allan Neilsen, Highland; son-in-law Glenn Greenhalgh, Nephi, as well as 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion, daughter Peggy Ellen Neilsen Greenhalgh, daughter-in-law Shelly Roeller Neilsen, brother Kenneth John Sperry, sisters Elizabeth Jayne Harris and Nancy Leora Sherwood, and great-granddaughter, Allison Faith Neilsen.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the Mona 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 65 E 100 N, Mona. Friends may call Monday evening, December 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Anderson Funeral Home, 94 W. 300 N, Nephi, Utah and at the church in Mona Tuesday, December 3 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Interment will be in the Mona City Cemetery.
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