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Sara Nelson

Sara Mae Nelson

Thursday, February 6th, 1930 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Sara Mae Nelson passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 12, 2020. Sara Mae Dunn was born on February 6, 1930 to Tom and Davetta Dunn in Los Angeles, California. Her childhood was spent in Annabella, UT and Los Angeles, CA. Although she was raised during the Great Depression, she had an idyllic childhood. As a young girl, she had a powerful imagination and an eagerness to learn. She loved running through the rural countryside, playing on her family’s farm with her younger brother, JL, and riding her beloved horse. She lived in LA during WWII and gained a deeper appreciation for her country. Her youngest brother, Rex, was born shortly before they moved back to Utah. Sara Mae’s parents adored their only daughter and taught her the importance of hard work and humility.

Sara attended BYU where she met Kent Nelson. They fell deeply in love, but she made it clear to Kent that she would only marry a returned missionary. With this extra motivation, Kent served an honorable mission, and he and Sara were married three days after he returned home on October 30, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple by Elder LeGrand Richards. Together, they raised six children. Sara was a devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother to her children. She was selfless as a parent, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and did all she could to ensure that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were loved, cared for, and happy.

When she was 35, Sara broke her back, leg, and ankle while performing service for others. Despite the pain that this accident caused her through much of her life, she only thought of the suffering and trials of others.

Sara was a lifelong learner. Throughout her life, she was a voracious reader, both of history and current events. She was an engaging conversationalist and a beloved friend to many. Until the end of her life, her phone rang constantly with family and friends who were eager to talk with her because of the wisdom she shared and the love she expressed.

Sara had a beautiful and sincere testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a testimony she first acquired as an eight-year-old girl while listening to the hymn “I Stand All Amazed.” She had the opportunity and joy of sharing her testimony as a missionary with her husband in Hawaii, where she was loved by all who knew her.

Sara will be missed by many. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Kent Nelson; her six children, Paul Nelson, Tom (Julie) Nelson, Shawna (Mark) Bleazard, Kaye (Scott) Robison, Brett (Renae) Nelson, and Travis (Alicia) Nelson; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; her brother, Rex (Janice) Dunn; sister-in-law, Carol Dunn; brother-in-law, Richard (Joanne) Nelson; and sister-in-law, Diane Babcock. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Davetta Dunn; her grandson, Sean Gill; her brother, JL Dunn; and her brother-in-law, Orel Babcock.

Due to the current health situation, funeral services will be limited to immediate family. Extended family and friends are invited to watch the services via a live webcast starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17th. The webcast can be viewed here: Funeral Webcast
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Ray Babcock

Posted at 10:16pm
My Dear Aunt Sara, I never remember anything but kindness and immense love from you and Kent. I remember staying overnight a few times as a child. I remember other visits and sliding down the carpeted stairs in your home. I remember the poodles and the apricot tree. I remember the rousing games of Nertz around a camp table many times...and you would always win! I don't recall ever hearing a cross word or any impatience. I only remember feeling loved and special any time I've ever been around you and Kent. I agree with the sweet memories and sentiments expressed at the funeral service today and i felt the spirit confirm a life well lived and sure reward awaiting this dear soul. Uncle Kent, we love you and know the Savior will be near you as will your sweet Sara in all the remainder of your days! I know the Savior lives and rejoice in our Father's plan above anything this world has to offer! Kindest regards and love to all the family, Ray Babcock and family
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Kim Borup

Posted at 02:14pm
I was Sarah's visiting teacher for a number of years, it gave me the chance to get to know her. I always enjoyed our visits. Sarah had so much wisdom and I loved learning from her. My favorite thing was listening to her read her journal entries. She was a very talented writer and her stories were full of learning experiences and insights. I always loved watching Sarah and Kent together. Such a loving relationship they shared. I will miss her. Kim Borup
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Rex Dunn

Posted at 03:43pm
Oh how I miss you Sara Mae, already. You were kind and sweet with me my whole and your whole life. I remember the little brother and big sister relationship we had. As a little boy you looked out for me. I remember going with my mother and you to Richfield so you could catch the old Trailways bus to Salt Lake City. At the depot you talked mom into letting me go with you to SLC. We had a wonderful time. Again to show how you cared for me as a little boy. I came home crying holding my arm saying it hurt bad on day many years ago. You took one look at it and could see it was broken. My Father came forward and began chewing me out for breaking it. In defense of him he only saw the break as how he would pay for it to get fixed, as we had little money. Sara Mae immediately put her arm around me, comforted my arm, and turned to my Father with two comments. “Do you think he did this on purpose?” And “Do you want to help me take him to the doctor?” in Richfield. He melted at her mild demeanor and “they” took me to the doctor. These instances demonstrate her love for a little boy. The big importance of this information is it shows how she cared for little people before she was charged with caring for her own children. In my estimation she was a wonderful mother to her children. And I feel positive she and her children agree with me.

Kent you “are” a wonderful husband. Her love for you will not diminish because of this temporary separation. She is only goes ahead of you to help prepare a place for your family in the eternal Godly Presence hereafter. I look forward to the date when we will all be united according to sealing powers vested in us through Priesthood of God.


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