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Dantzel White Nelson was born 17 February 1926 in Perry, Box Elder County, Utah, United States to LeRoy Davis White (1888-1955) and Maude Clark (1892-1964) and died 12 February 2005 in Nelson Family Home, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. She married Russell Marion Nelson (1924) 31 August 1945 in Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom.


2005 Obituary

SALT LAKE CITY -Sister Dantzel Nelson, wife of Elder Russell M. Nelson, passed away unexpectedly the evening of February the 12th at her home in Salt Lake City. Elder Nelson was with his wife at the time. The cause of death was not immediately known.

A sister's childhood illness created a lifelong impact on Dantzel White Nelson. As a preschooler, she participated in singing lessons orchestrated by her bed ridden sister. After the older sister's lengthy convalescence and return to Box Elder High School, she invited Dantzel to perform on numerous school assemblies. The three year old's love of musical performance blossomed from that time on and she spent a lifetime singing.

Dantzel White was born 17 February 1926 on the family farm in Perry, Utah, to LeRoy Davis White and Maude Clark White. The Whites had a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters. Dantzel graduated as the "Outstanding Senior Girl" at Box Elder High School in nearby Brigham City, then attended the University of Utah on scholarship. Awarded a bachelor of science degree in education with a secondary certification, she taught music and speech at the Hawthorne Elementary School in Salt Lake City and took a teaching assignment in Minneapolis the following year.

Her many musical connections at the university provided a setting for her courtship with Russell M. Nelson. The pair met as cast members in a Broadway bound musical, "Hayfoot, Strawfoot." They dated for three years, then married 31 August 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Accompanying her husband as he pursued his medical education, the pair lived in Minnesota, Washington D.C. and Boston before returning to Salt Lake City in 1956.

The Nelsons had nine daughters, Marsha, Wendy, Gloria, Brenda, Sylvia, Emily, Laurie, Rosalie, Marjorie, and one son, Russell M. They enjoyed their 56 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Though family concerns and issues occupied Dantzel's life as she tutored her houseful of children, she took time to serve in the community and in church. Always involved in the educational activities of her children, Dantzel participated in PTA service in the schools. She was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for twenty years.

The untimely passing of her daughter, Emily, a young mother of five children, counted as one of the most difficult experiences of Dantzel's life. Shared family experiences surrounding Emily's death brought the rest of the Nelson family closer together.

Events in the extended Nelson family are chronicled monthly in a detailed and illustrated newsletter originated by Dantzel. In existence for more than twenty years, the Nelson News provides a solid bridge to family communications and relationships.

Supporting her husband, Elder Russell M. Nelson who was called to be an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in April of 1984, interacting with her large family and delighting in good music gave Dantzel Nelson a full and rewarding life.

Funeral arrangements for Sister Dantzel Nelson, wife of Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, have been finalized.

Viewings will be held on Thursday evening, 17 February 2005, 6:00 - 8:00, at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple St., and on Friday morning, 18 February, 10:00 - 11:30, at the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake Center, 1535 Bonneview Dr. (1050 South).

The funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, 18 February, at the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake Center.

Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.


Marriage and Family

Dantzel married LDS Apostle Russell Marion Nelson (1924) on August 31, 1945, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have nine daughters and one son. Dantzel died unexpectedly at the Nelson home in Salt Lake City on February 12, 2005. She was preceded in death by one daughter.

The Nelsons had nine daughters, Marsha, Wendy, Gloria, Brenda, Sylvia, Emily, Laurie, Rosalie, Marjorie, and one son, Russell M. They enjoyed their 56 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

On April 6, 2006, Nelson married Wendy L. Watson in the Salt Lake Temple. Watson, originally from Raymond, Alberta, Canada, is the daughter of the late Leonard David Watson and Laura McLean Watson. At the time of the marriage, Watson was a professor of marriage and family therapy in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University (BYU).



Siblings


Offspring of LeRoy Davis White and Maude Clark (1892-1964)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Leroy Clark White (1914-2009)
Marjorie White (1917-2011)
Boyd Barnard White (1920-2007)
Beth White (1922-2004)
Kenneth Douglas White (1929-1943)
Richard Hugh White (1933-2013)
Dantzel White (1926-2005) 17 February 1926 Perry, Box Elder County, Utah, United States 12 February 2005 Nelson Family Home, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Russell Marion Nelson (1924)

Ancestry

  • Barnard White (1839-1912) (paternal grandfather) - and his family were part of the 1856 Hunt Wagon Company that followed behind the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company. They witnessed and shared in much of the suffering of that group.
  • Israel Justus Clark (1821-1905) (maternal great-grandfather) - joined the church in 1844 and traveled in Brigham Young's company to Utah in 1848. He was a noted missionary to the local indians who could speak their language perfectly, founder of Clarkston, Utah, and early settler of the Ashley Valley. Father of 33 children including four sets of twins.

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