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June 2 Greetings

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Hugs to you on the first Wednesday of June!

Today I am going to share a very special biography: Judy Nielsen, whose Celebration of Life was Saturday, May 29. Husband Milo graciously gave us permission to share her biography, as well as a few pictures, and the YouTube link to her service is just above a Bible verse for today.

Judith Ann (Thordson) Nielsen was born March 29, 1938 to Oliver and Selma Thordson in Hanska, Minnesota. She passed away peacefully at home Sunday, October 4 surrounded by her family.

Judy attended public school in Hanska and was the valedictorian of her high school class. In 1958 she married Milo Nielsen, enjoying 62 years together.

Judy and Milo operated the Nielsen family farm near Madelia, Minnesota, for three years. During this time daughters Wendy and Rebecca joined the family. Economic conditions were difficult in agriculture, so they decided to totally change direction and Milo enrolled at the University of Minnesota. During years in the Twin Cities, Judy was busy taking care of the household and raising the children.

In 1964, son Eric joined the family. After Milo’s graduation in 1971, the family relocated to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles California. Here at last Judy was able to begin college. She graduated with Honors from Cal. State Northridge with a BS degree in Biology. She immediately began a career as Medical Technologist at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. She was also very active in her church, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. 

In 1988, Milo’s job took them to Switzerland for two years. While there, they happily traveled to France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. Upon returning to the U.S., Judy resumed her job as a Medical Technologist until 1996 when another job relocation took them to Greensboro, North Carolina. Judy enjoyed North Carolina and served as President of the local Newcomer’s Club and chief judge of the local election site. She also enjoyed playing bridge with a local women’s club as well as a couples’ club.

In 2005, Judy and Milo relocated to Prescott Valley, Arizona to be closer to their family, most of whom were in the west. Judy volunteered at YRMC Breast Center for several years, as well as the Adult Center of Prescott, helping run the Sunday bingo game. She was also very active at Emmanuel Lutheran Church: she served as an acolyte and in the Altar Guild; she was a member of the quilting group and, for ten years, coordinated the twice-a-year blood drive.

Judy had a very inquisitive mind and valued education very highly. In retirement she and Milo attended about 15 Elderhostel programs all over the U.S. And Canada. She enjoyed learning new things. She also enjoyed travel, especially on cruise ships, which they were able to do frequently. A life-long dream was realized three years ago when she and Milo visited Iceland on a trip sponsored by Yavapai College.

Judy was an extraordinary person, always ready with a smile. She was also a kind and loving person, very accepting of all people. She was very proud of her children and supported them in every way. She enjoyed a very full, interesting and rich life, and memories of her will endure forever. Her spirit will live on through her children, and her husband and many friends. May she rest in Heavenly peace.

A Bible verse for today (on Biblegateway.com):

...so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:28

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Kimberly & Ethan (who loves balancing his cup! A future engineer? physicist?...)

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Prescott Valley, AZ

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E. Long Look Dr.

Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

PH (928) 772-4135

FX (928) 759-3541

website: emmanuellutheranpv.org

email: emmanuelelca@gmail.com

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