Garda Adams Nielson May 11, 1931 ~ April 24, 2024

Garda Adams Nielson, a beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on April 24, 2024 in Blanding at the age of 92.
She was born in Moab on May 11,1931 the second of twins to be born. She was the sixth and last child born to Garda Gee and John Ernest Adams Jr.
She grew up in Blanding and attended school, except for her 1st and 8th grades were in Provo, UT.  She graduated from San Juan High School in 1949.
She was married and sealed to her high school sweetheart Connie (Richard Conway Nielson) in the Mesa Arizona Temple on November 10, 1949. 
Together they built a life filled with love, hard work, and dedication. 
She was the mother of four children, Dina, Arden, Beverly, and Jens.  
Garda dedicated her life to the loving care of her family.  She was committed to her family and supported them in their many endeavors. 
She was known for her Red Wing shoe box lunches that were full of food for whomever was on the work crew or showed up that day during lunchtime. 
Her hobbies included reading, cross stitch, sewing, gardening, and canning.  She was well known for her pies, candy, homemade root beer and mint lemonade. 
As a mother and grandmother, she created a warm and welcoming home that was the center of many cherished family memories.
She helped support her family alongside her husband by farming and ranching, Texaco distributorship (1959-1974), Frontier Movie Theater and Kigalia Drive-in Theater (1955-1974), and Nielson Sand and Rock (1971-1993).
Connie and Garda poured the concrete for many homes, schools, and churches in San Juan County with their family.  
Garda was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in many callings over the years including, Counselor in the Ward Primary Presidency, Stake Young Women President, Ward Relief Society President. 
She also supported her husband as he served as the Bluff Branch President.  They also served as service missionaries at the Mexican Hat Branch.
Garda loved to attend the Monticello Temple.  She rode the temple bus two times every week for several years and greatly appreciated the friends and opportunity it gave her to serve in the temple.
Garda is survived by her children Dina, Arden (Billie Sue), Beverly (Mark), Jens (Jennifer), ten grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and her sister-in-law Jewell Adams. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter-in-law Billie Sue, and siblings Shauna, Deaun, Ardis, Lisle, and twin brother Gordon.   
Garda’s life will be celebrated and remembered in the hearts of her family and the many lives she touched.

Card of thanks

The family would like to thank the staff at Blue Mountain Hospital and Zion’s Way hospice.  We also want to thank Dr. Zeb Crofts for his loving care and kindness that he showed to our mom for so many years.  Thanks to Danny and the people at San Juan Mortuary.  Thanks to the Blanding 5th ward for the family meal provided.  Your time and sacrifice was greatly appreciated.
Garda Nielson family

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