Shirley Vella Nielsen

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  • "I love you with all my heart grandma! I will always cherish..."
    - Rachael Nielsen
  • "Shirley was an amazing and sweet friend. She will be sorely..."
    - David Maughan
  • "It was good to have known Shirley. She was a very special..."
    - David Smith
  • "I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Shirley was a..."
    - Judy Hoffart
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May 29, 1930 ~ March 24, 2011

Shirley Vella Nielsen returned to her Lord on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Born on May 29, 1930 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Acil and Truly (Kofoed) Wright; Shirley was 80 years old.
A Vancouver resident since 2000, Shirley lived in Portland from 1953-2000. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Fisher's Landing Ward in Vancouver. Shirley worked as a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening, knitting, helping any person in need, and spending time with her friends and family.
Shirley is survived by her loving and devoted husband of sixty years Jens C. Nielsen at home; daughter Brenda (Gary) Holbrook of Beaver Creek, Oregon; sons Larry (Rochelle) Nielsen of Vancouver, and Steven Nielsen of Vancouver; sisters Gloria Smith of Beaverton, Oregon, and Greta (Harrison) McKnight of Sandy, Oregon; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of Shirley's life on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fisher's Landing Ward: 13600 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver, WA. Viewing will be held at the Church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Relief Society Room. Vault interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery: 11801 SE Mount Scott Boulevard, Portland, OR 97266.
Brown's Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Camas has been entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please visit Please sign/view her guestbook at


Published in The Columbian on Mar. 27, 2011
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