Maxine Nielson, 63, our loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, grandmother and soon to be great-grandmother, passed away very unexpectedly early Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 in Richfield. This came exactly 7 months after losing her mother. Maxine was recently recovering from a major surgery and her family was very excited to get her home and surprise her with a welcome home party, but Maxine had her own welcome home party planned. As hard as this is, we know she is no longer suffering.
Maxine, was a fighter from day one. Being born with a tumor on her face and enduring many surgeries throughout her childhood. To later in life having broken her back multiple times, to recovering from cancer from down winders, to having multiple shunt surgery that started in 2007 all the way to 2020. Maxine was not only loved by her family, but by everyone who knew her. Maxine was always making sure that everyone she knew was doing ok. Since she wasn't able to assist those in need physically, she would call around and find someone to help.
Maxine worked hard. She worked at T&R's, Sevier School District as a lunch lady, Grand Western Gas Station, just to name a few. Maxine was even held at gun point at one of her jobs in her early years and lived to tell about it and assisted in catching the guy. Maxine's life was full of adventure with her family, from trips as far as Logan, Utah all the way to St. George, Utah. She loved fishing, camping, get togethers and our family favorite "going after wood."
Maxine is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Ward Edward Nielson; children: Elizabeth Geer (Matthew Cupp) Monroe; Edward Rulon Nielson (Nicole), Richfield; J.R. Ward Nielson (Deborah), and Weston Max Nielson (Terina), all of Sigurd; Melissa Maxine Heath (Mitchell), Axtell; 15 grandchildren, and her 1st great-grandbaby due August 2021. She's also survived by her siblings: Jenavie Johnson Ricksecker (Dale Barney), Richfield; Jerald (Sandra) Nielson, Redmond; Dorothy (Jim) Lindsey, Lynndyl; sister-in-law, Ida May Nielson, West Valley City.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents: Rulon Julander and Elizabeth "Beth" Lemmon Nielson; brother Larry Nielson; brothers-in-law: Dan Johnson and Al Ricksecker; great-niece, Lexi Nielson.
We would like to express our great gratitude to Dr. Paul K. Gardner, he started seeing our mom in 2007 when she first experienced neurological issues. He was still following up with her prior to her passing. We can't thank him enough for the compassion he has shown our mother all these years. We are very pleased to know such a wonderful man. We want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! We would also like to express great appreciation to the Richfield Care Center for looking after our mother for the short time she was there.
Maxine will be deeply missed, but knowing she has been reunited with her family and friends who have gone before her has given us great comfort for those of us left here on earth. WE LOVE YOU!!
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary Friday evening from 6-7 p.m. or Saturday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Maxine’s obituary. Due to COVID-19, all attendees must wear and mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.