Artie Louise R. Nielsen Obituary

Artie Louise R Nielsen, 89, a resident of Mesa, AZ, returned to her Heavenly Father on September 9, 2022, in Gilbert, AZ. Born July 27, 1933 in Roswell, New Mexico, son of Artie W. Hall and Winston Samuel Stanley. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Louise was 6 years old when Artie married Edwin O. Reidhead. From that day on, she was a “Reidhead”. After graduating from Snowflake High, she married and was sealed for eternity in the Mesa Arizona temple to her high school sweetheart Joseph H ‘Hal’ Adams on December 1, 1951. Louise remained faithful in his testimony throughout his life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A devoted wife and mother, and an example of excellence to all who knew her. After all of her children were in school, she returned to complete her college education. While studying at Arizona State University, she received a Fulbright scholarship. She received her BA from Oxford University in Oxford, England, and taught in Sheffield, England. From an early age, she learned to play the piano. She’s played everything from Ragtime jazz to Broadway tunes to classical and anthems. Many years were spent serving her church as a pianist/organist, Relief Society president, and Primary president. After Hal’s death in 1975, eight years later, she was introduced to Delbert L. ‘Duffy’ Nielsen, who had recently been widowed. They found comfort and companionship with each other and were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on October 21, 1983. Her love and devotion to Duffy and her family grew over the 31 years of marriage. until his death in 2014. They served an 18-month sentence. mission from September 1988 to March 1990 at the Arizona Mesa Family History Center and a 24-month mission from March 2000 to March 2002 at the WSD Arizona Mesa Bishop’s Storehouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together they traveled to China, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe and explored the United States. Other hobbies included history and genealogy. He was a member of the Pioneer Daughters of Utah. Collecting cookbooks and cutout recipes that never seemed to leave the kitchen. Sewing was an art form, making most of the dresses she and her daughters wore to school, church, balls and weddings. teaching them along the way to do the same for their families. He is survived by his children: Carolyn Lorraine ‘Rainy’ Parton (George) of Litchfield Park, Van Adams (Darcy) of Eden, UT, Diane Pittman (Kevin) of Chandler, Carol Fain (Jim) of Mesa, Mark Adams (Debbie) of Kingman and Marcie Green (Dan) of Mesa. Stepchildren: Sandra Shaffer (Jim) of Kalispell, Montana, Jacque Long (Jerry) of Mesa, Del Nielsen (Irene) of Texas. Siblings: Darrell ‘Sonny’ Reidhead and Cora Busch of Show Low, Terry Reidhead of Nutrioso and Laurice S. Cox of Florida. Sisters-in-law: Margaret Adams, Gaye Adams, Evelyn Johnson, Betty Haws and Nelda Davis. A legacy of 55 grandchildren, 116 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-great-grandchildren. Gram will be greatly missed. She is predeceased by her parents: Edwin Oscar Reidhead and Artie Wanda Hall Her husbands: Joseph Harold Adams and Delbert Lamar Nielsen. Siblings: Carolyn Sue Reidhead, Karren Jenette Reidhead and Maurice Stanley. The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Valley and the staff at Beehive House in Gilbert for their loving care and support. A special thank you to Marcie and Dan Green and their family for their commitment and dedication over the past few years. A visitation will be held Friday, September 16, 2022 at Bunker Mortuary Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ, 85201 from 6-8 p.m. Internment will be Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ, 85207 at 9:30 a.m. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Silvergate Park Ward, 2334 East Pueblo Avenue, Mesa, AZ, 85204

Posted on September 14, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic

service information


Bunker Mortuary Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ, 85201

September 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.