Nancy Joy NelsonJanuary 14, 1934 ~ November 28, 2017 (age 83)
Nancy Joy Nelson passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nancy Joy Martell Jex Nelson was born on January 14, 1934 in Provo, Utah to Morgan Russell Martell and Allie Ann Rasmussen Martell. On February 8, 1950 she and her sister Ann, were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple to their mother and stepfather George Walter Jex. On January 12, 1953 she was married in the Manti LDS Temple to Garry Eugene Nelson son of Dewey Odell and Edith Elizabeth Coward Nelson.
Joy graduated from Spanish Fork High School. Joy had many talents and interests. She loved to sew. She won first prize at the Utah County Fair for clothing she had made. She sewed many clothes, costumes and pajamas for her family. She loved parades and making floats for the Fiesta Days Children Parade. ln 1997 she sewed her family pioneer clothes and we pulled a handcart in the Fiesta Days Parade. She loved the theater and sewing costumes. One epic moment in her life was being in Annie Get Your Gun performed by the Spanish Fork Community Theater. Another moment was when she made all the costumes for her wards "Return to Bethlehem" program.
Mom loved cats. She always had a cat and anything with a cat on it, shirts, figurines, dishes, clocks etc. She loved music and played the Ukulele. She loved to sing “A You’re Adorable.” She taught her children and grandchildren to love music as well. She loved her family heritage, loved American history and was a lifelong member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She sewed in the primary for many years and later held many callings in Relief Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband Garry, a son Jerome Louis and her brothers and sisters: Allie Ann Frisby, George DeGraw Jex, Leo William (Bill) Jex, Melvin Dean Jex, Erma Jex, Sterling Mark Jex, Donna Jex Baadsguard, Ronald DeGraw Jex. She is survived by her children: Jeffery Lynn (Jean), Joel Lee (Debra), Nathan Eugene, Amy (John Williams), Ryan Garry (Stacey) and Autumn Joy (Mark Jones); Her grandchildren: Jessica, Casey (Justine), Kyle, Tyler, Enrique, Gabriel, Jordunn (Kacee), Lewis, Kagen, Grady, Allianna, Isaac, Briarleigh, Gemma, Rowan; her great grandchildren: Jaci, Connor and Leo; Her brothers: Edward Jex (CA) and Walter lex (Springville) and sister in laws Beth West (lD) and Neva Christensen (Payson).
Thank you to the Staff at the Beehive Home in Spanish Fork.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Spanish Fork 7th, 20th, & 22nd Ward Chapel (761 East 400 North, Spanish Fork). Viewings will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 AM both at the 7th, 20th, & 22nd Ward Chapel. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.