Wanda Pearl Nielson Ericson
1927 - 2014
Wanda Pearl Nielson Ericson wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend returned to her Heavenly Father on October 24, 2014 from a brain hemorrhage.
Mom was born at home on December 27, 1926 in Bluewater, New Mexico. She was one of seven children of Frihoff Peter and Marie Cluff Nielson.
Wanda attended school in Mesa, Arizona. She excelled in school and was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a cooking award.
Mom married Marshall G. Ericson, Jr. in the Mesa Arizona Temple on September 4, 1944. Wanda enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. She was very talented in making and decorating cakes. She made each of her five childrens' wedding cakes with her own applesauce cake recipe. Each cake took hours and days for her to prepare and decorate. She was truly a professional. Mom was an amazing seamstress. Her daughters were always proud to wear what she had sewn for them from school clothes to prom dresses.
Wanda enjoyed playing golf, camping and traveling in their motor home with her husband and family. She spent countless hours doing genealogy which was one of her passions. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served her Father in Heaven faithfully in many callings. In her later years she accompanied her husband on an LDS mission to Bristol, England.
It is amazing to her children that even though she had several benign tumors removed over the past 30 years, and cared for our father the last 5 years of his life while he suffered from dementia, she always had a positive, outgoing attitude. She is an example of love and kindness to others.
Survived by children, Brent G., Wanda (John G.) Southerland, Sue Fors, Jackie (Don S) Cannon, Kim (Kent L) Thomas; sister, Melba Cram; sister-in-law, Lori Nielson; 22 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Marshall and a grandson, Peter.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 3, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Brighton 3rd Ward, 2301 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 S.). A visitation will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 S.) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the day of the service at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment Murray City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund, LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Avenue, Provo, UT 84604 or Wanda would love for you to take a friend and go see "Meet The Mormons".