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