Saturday, April 9, 2016

Grandma Edith Melvina Pope Nicolaysen

My Grandma passed away right at the end of our Disneyland trip.  We knew her health was very bad and that she was close to the end.  She was miserable, not eating, and completely incoherent and confused.  I took my kids over to visit her the day we left.  She spoke a tiny bit and the boys even made her laugh a little.  I helped her get in bed and it looked like she was dying.  It was scary and it made me sad....but when somebody gets to that point, you just hope they will pass.  I actually went to visit her the week prior to that and when I arrived she was on the floor by the wall.  She had fallen and couldn't get up.  She was praying for someone to find her and I'm so glad it was me.  It broke my heart.  She was in Bountiful for just a few short years but it was such a blessing to have her here.  Sure, it was a little challenging and maybe even a pain in the neck... but it taught my kids and I to serve and to love.  I loved how much she adored my kids, and especially  my little boys.  She would watch them play on the floor and just smile from ear to ear.  She would let them sit on her walker and push them down to the dining room.  Even though they would get bored at her house, They still loved going there and would always get excited to see her and get a piece of candy from the bowl :)  I loved my Grandma and I'm so grateful that I was here to help bring her some joy and peace in her last years on the earth.  She never had a whole lot to say and didn't really like doing a whole lot, but there was a nice spirit about her and she was worn out from raising 8 children!  Some memories are: She and Kendyl sharing a birthday.  Giving her the porcelain dog that she loved.  Bringing her to my house and letting her sit on my back deck and watch kids play.  Helping her decorate her special Christmas tree.  Picking her up and taking her home from Funzie Wunzies.  Sitting in the salon talking to her while she had her hair done.  The softest, squishiest hands you've ever felt :)  

Grandma's funeral was beautiful and Camryn and Brooklyn even played the music for the cousin song.

Edith Melvina Pope Nicolaysen

1928 - 2016 
Edith Melvina Pope Nicolaysen Obituary
Edith Melvina Pope Nicolaysen

December 5, 1928 - April 1, 2016

Long-time Salem resident Edith Melvina Pope Nicolaysen, 87, died peacefully April 1, 2016 in Bountiful, Utah. Edith was born December 5, 1928 to Archie Glen and Fern Croshaw Pope, in Pocatello, Idaho. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Southern California before settling three years later in Turlock, California. She worked hard on the family farm. During the Depression and World War II years she learned her strong work ethic.

Edith graduated from Hughson High School and one week later married Stanley O. Nicolaysen on June 18, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). They were married 65 years before Stanley passed away in 2012. She then moved to Bountiful, Utah.

Edith and Stanley raised their family of eight children in Ripon and Manteca, California before moving the family to Salem in 1968 where they busily began building their Taco Bell business.

Edith's highest commitments were to the Savior Jesus Christ, her husband and her children. Her greatest joy was in being a homemaker. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She gave much service to her church and community. She gained great satisfaction in making her home beautiful and helping others feel welcome there. Throughout her life she loved to sing and often shared her musical talent.

She was an active member of the LDS Church and served in a variety of callings. She enjoyed serving as an ordinance worker in the Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon LDS Temples with her husband. She also served as an Assistant to the Matron in the Portland Temple for three years. She and Stanley served an 18-month LDS mission in the England London South Mission.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; her parents; and two older sisters, Ruth Horn and Velma Openshaw. She is survived by her son, Timothy (Sally), of South Jordan, Utah; son, S. Carl (Pam), of Nampa, Idaho; daughter, Marian Sellers (Daniel), of Bountiful, Utah; daughter, Barbara Sabin (Brian), of Safford, Arizona; daughter, Geraldine Roberts (Robert), of Salem, Oregon; daughter, Elaine Miles (Roger), of Gilbert, Arizona; son, Duane (Tammy), of Salem, Oregon; daughter, Karen Baxter (Gregory), of BakerCity, Oregon; and sisters Leila Norton and Lois Killpack, both of South Jordan, Utah. Her posterity includes 31 grandchildren and 78 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 4550 Lone Oak Road Southeast, in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 -10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens in West Salem. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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