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Alice Gertrude Nielson


Alice Gertrude Nielson, of Barnard passed away on October 26, 2020. Born September 27, 1935, Alice lived a full life during her 85 years. Her childhood was spent in Forest City, MO, where she professed her faith in Christ as a member of the Forest City Methodist Church. She was a 1953 graduate of Forest City High and continued her education at Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. She married Donald Nielson on May 29, 1955 and would celebrate 52 years of marriage. 

Alice loved children and teaching. She taught Sunday School, Bible School, served as room mother, Parent- Teacher Club president and was a 4-H Club Leader for the Busy Bee 4-H Club. Later in life, working at South Nodaway Elementary, she would find her perfect job as it offered the fringe benefit of connecting with youth. She enjoyed cooking and sharing her chocolate chip cookies with family, friends and community. Countless joyful hours were spent in the garden. Alice loved all things cats both real and her ever-growing cat collection representing gifts from family and friends. An avid reader, she continued to enjoy reading even as Alzheimer’s created the need to make lifestyle changes. 

Transferring membership on July 31, 1955, Alice was an active member of the Barnard United Methodist Church serving as lay leader. She was proud to be a farmer’s wife. As an avid gardener, she was most passionate about her crop of children and grandchildren. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents George C and Berniece E. (Bullock) Terhune, her husband, Donald E. Nielson, brothers Dean, Russell and Frank Terhune, and sister-in laws Nancy and Kay Terhune. Survivors of her life’s garden include children Allen (Sheila) Nielson, Barnard; Diane Nielson, Atchison, KS; David Nielson, Conception Jct.; Darren Nielson, Milan; and Dennis Nielson, (Crystal Hoover) Finley OK. Sister, Phyliss Reece, St, Joseph, Brother Gerald (Mary) Terhune, Savannah and sisters-in-law Dorothy Terhune, Lincoln, NE, Maxine Suell, Chillicothe, MO, and Anna Louise Wolf, Kansas City, MO; Grandchildren Gary (Randi) Nielson, Maryville: Paul (Janel) Nielson, Omaha, NE; Kimberly (Andrew) Baldwin; Maryville, Greg (Jill) Nielson, Maryville, Alexis Nielson, Maryville, Kristen Nielson, Maryville; Haley Nielson, Maryville, Zach Nielson Newtown, Mo, Quentin Nielson, Stanberry: and Gabrielle Nielson, Findley, OK Additional survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, 8 great-grandchildren, and caretaker and adopted grandson Jeremiah Trimble. 

The family would like to express their appreciation to Jeremiah for lovingly helping Alice navigate the final months of her battle with Alzheimer’s. As caretaker and family friend, Jeremiah care and devotion was that truly of a grandson. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the Barnard United Methodist Church, Barnard, MO. The burial followed in the Barnard American Legion Cemetery, Barnard, MO. 

A visitation for family and friends was held from 6-8:00 PM on Friday, October 30, 2020, at the Bram Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Barnard United Methodist Church, Barnard, MO, or to the family to establish a memorial scholarship fund in Alice’s name at the South Nodaway