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November 23, 2004
Burial Date November 23, 2004
Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Bountiful
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Ramona Allen Maughan Nielsen, 85, passed from this life on November 18, 2004 at her youngest son’s home in Moscow, Idaho. She was born in the home of her Grandfather Joseph Smith Allen in Hyrum, Utah on June 3, 1919 as the second child and oldest daughter of Louis Parkinson Maughan and Florence Allen Maughan. Florence died while the family was yet young, leaving Louis with three young children. Louis then married Ethel Redford Maughan, who continued rearing the family and with whom Louis had three more children. Ramona spent her young life and school years in Hyrum and Cache Valley. She married Grant Edgar Nielsen in the Logan LDS Temple in 1937. Grant and Ramona together had seven children and raised their family in Hyrum, southern California, Salt Lake City, and Bountiful. They divorced in 1965. Late in her life she met and married Reed Wittwer in St. George. He died in 1991. Ramona Nielsen was an independent, talented and hard working woman and devoted mother who always put her children first. She was supportive, encouraging and proud of her family. She loved her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews and spent many weekends in Cache Valley with family. Ramona worked in a variety of occupations throughout her life including at the Defense Depot in Ogden during World War II and for many years at LDS Hospital as a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department and scheduler in the Surgery Department. After retirement she served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in south central California. Ramona loved the beauty and inspiration of the outdoors and enjoyed many years camping with her family in Yellowstone, the mountains of northern Utah, and the deserts of southern Utah. She and her youngest son Mark made many backpacking trips in the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming and Cascade Mountains of Washington. For the last five years she made her residence in Moscow, Idaho with Mark’s family, but traveled frequently to visit all her children and grandchildren in various parts of the country. Ramona’s first child Patricia Florence, died in 1944 at the age of five. She is also preceded in death by her brother Louis and great-grandchild Melissa Morrison. She is survived and revered by her children Shirlee Ann Hall Kent, G. Barry Jeannine, Steven L. Debra, Douglas E. Carolyn, D. Michael Carolyn, and Mark J. Barbara, 26 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Flora Obray, Arlene Leichty, and LaRee Watkins, her brother Gerald Maughan, and sister-in-law Jean Maughan. The family will greet friends at the Russon Brothers Mortuary 295 North Main Street in Bountiful on Monday, November 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Hyrum Second Ward building 450 E. 100 South in Hyrum, Utah on Tuesday, November 23rd at 12 Noon. Burial will follow in the Hyrum City Cemetery.