Mary Elizabeth Nielson

November 2, 1995 — March 7, 2015

Mary Elizabeth Nielson

Mary Elizabeth Nielson November 2, 1995 ~ March 7, 2015 We lost our precious daughter and sister Mary Elizabeth Nielson, age 19, on Friday, March 7th, 2015. Mary was born November 2nd, 1995 in Hang Zhou, China. She joined our family 17 months later. Her Chinese name was Jiang Dong Guang which interpreted is, Light from the East. Like her Savior, Mary also came from the East and brought love and light to her family and all who truly knew her. Mary described herself in her own words, "I love sun, rainbows, I take crayons to church, I eat my sandwiches without condiments, and I adore school." She also said, "I think beauty comes when we find Christ, because it is only through him that you truly become perfect and godlike. Beauty is the Light of Christ in your eyes and letting that shine through your actions and service. Beauty is discovering that you are a special daughter of God with a unique and divine purpose. God is our maker, he made you, and God never makes mistakes." Mary spent her early years between Vernal, Monticello, and Blanding, Utah. She accompanied her parents on a three year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Taiwan, Taipei mission. Mary was an accomplished student, artist, musician and athlete. She was on the National Honors Society. She was a teammate of the 2013 Uintah High School state championship drill team. She enjoyed her time as a manager of the football, basketball, and wrestling teams as well as participating in track and field. She graduated as a co-valedictorian and math sterling scholar from Uintah High School in 2014. At the time of her death, Mary was a student at Brigham Young University-Provo. Most importantly Mary was a good daughter, sister and selfless friend whose light will be greatly missed. Mary is preceded in death by her grandparents, Normal Floyd Nielson and Fay Parrish Wolsey. She is survived by her grandparents Ruth Nielson and Heber G. Wolsey; her parents, Norman S. and Mary W. Nielson; and her brothers and sisters, Adam S. Nielson (Elizabeth Larsen), Benjamin W. Nielson (Gabriella Garza), Catherine Nielson Vance (Wayne Vance), Molly Nielson Haslem (Jay Haslem), and Natalie Nielson Bird (James Bird). Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Maeser Stake Center (2745 W. 1000 N). Viewing for her family and Friends may call at the Ashley Second Ward Chapel 3040 N. Vernal Ave. Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30 PM and at the Maeser Stake Center from 9:30-10:45 AM. Prior to the services. Burial will be in the Rockpoint Cemetery,Under the direction of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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