Nada Mae Harvey Brackett Dyer
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June 30, 1937 ~ January 11, 2016

Nada Mae Harvey was born on June 30, 1937 in Ajo, AZ. She was the second of six children born to Tulley and LaVeda (Rhodes) Harvey.

The fact that she survived birth was a miracle itself. By all accounts she should have been stillborn or died shortly after birth due to the malpractice of the physician that delivered her.

But, stubborn she was from the very beginning. Never wanting to do things the way everyone thought they should be done. A trait that she held onto to the very end.

When Nada was three years old the family moved from Arizona to the family ranch on Boulder Point, UT. She enjoyed a fun filled childhood growing up on the ranch three seasons of the year and moving into town, Monticello, for the winters.

At a very young age she discovered that she liked to build things and honed her skills on numerous, treehouses and forts. Later in life she added plumbing and electrical talents to her building skills and built, remodeled and repaired numerous homes.

On October 25, 1953 she married Kenneth Brackett. They then lived in Egnar, CO.

The years passed by busily with Nada and Kenneth, building a house and home and keeping the family farm going.

Five children were born during this time, Kenneth Ray, Gary Wayne, Steven Roy, Diane Marie and Lana Evette.

Kenneth began having health problem and by 1981 was no longer able to work. Being stubborn and fearless at the age of 44 and a grandmother, Nada moved Kenneth and her daughters to Blanding, UT so that she could attend college.

In 1982 she graduated with her LPN degree. She began working at what is now known as The Four Corners Care Center and continued working there for many years.

She discovered that she had a true passion for working with the geriatric population and felt this was one of her callings in life.

She continued her education and obtained her RN degree in 1985.

Kenneth passed away on January 12, 1987. Now single with her children soon all raised and gone from home, she busied herself with being a grandmother, working hard as a nurse and taking on various church callings.

In 1991, again being fearless and stubborn, she traveled to Saudi Arabia where she worked in a hospital for a year. During this time she was able to travel extensively, which she loved.

In 1999 Nada met and married Albert Dyer. They then moved to Apache Junction, AZ where she continued to work in various nursing jobs until she was forced to quit after being diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

One of her goals was to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite her health problems, she pursued this and in 2014 she and Albert were called to serve in the state of Oregon.

Sadly, they had to end their mission after only six months due to Nada suffering health related problems.

Nada and Albert tried their best despite many stumbling blocks to live the snow birding lifestyle, living the colder months in Arizona and the warmer ones on the Blue Mountain in Utah.

Nada died very peacefully on January 11, 2016 in Mesa, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tulley and LaVeda, her first husband, Kenneth, and son, Gary.

She is survived by her husband, Albert; children, Ken (Donna) Brackett, Steve (Pat) Brackett, Diane (Ben) Naranjo and Lana (Heath) Latham; siblings, Donna Hoggard, LaRae Black, Margrette (Nolan) Argyle, Ron (Bonnie) Harvey and Dorothy (Jack) Burns.

She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in Blanding, UT on January 20 with burial at Peel Cemetery in Egnar, CO.
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