Carol Nelson

January 22, 1947 - December 10, 2021
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Carol Louise Blessing Nelson, age 74, of Oro Valley, Arizona, completed her earthly journey on Friday, December 10, 2021.

Carol was born in Columbia, Missouri on January 22, 1947, to her parents Abram Hays Blessing and Gertrude Louise Clark.  She was the oldest child of 2 brothers, Frank and Brian Blessing.  Carol had a happy childhood and was able to live in several different states throughout her younger years when her family would move due to new job opportunities.  Growing up she loved to be with friends, camp, hike, and visit her grandparents.  Carol graduated high school and studied at the University of Maryland and Idaho State University.

Carol had 4 children between 2 marriages.  She cherished each of her children and was a loving mother.  She remained active in all of their lives as they grew into adults.  Carol accepted her children’s spouses with open arms and made them feel as if they were her own children.  Her unconditional acceptance of others was truly one of her gifts.  Carol was blessed with 10 grandchildren, and she loved each of them beyond words.

Carol made numerous long-lasting friendships throughout her life.  She held each of her friends dear to her heart.  She would often start her day with a phone call to friends, drinking coffee and talking about anything and everything.  She shared many adventures with her dear friend Harold and made treasured memories with his family throughout the past few years.

Carol’s faith was of utmost importance to her.  She loved God and often talked about His love for us all.  Prayer was an important part of her life and she participated in a home small group of close friends.  She cherished her congregation and small group.  They were pillars of strength for her and beloved friends.

Carol lived most of her life in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In Idaho Falls she held a few different positions with Aglow Women’s fellowship including chapter president in 1987-88. She also nannied Hannah who she loved dearly.  She later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she retired in 2013.  Her final home was in Oro Valley, Arizona.  She loved her home and was surrounded by love and support from those around her.

Carol traveled throughout her life and saw many beautiful sites.  She traveled back and forth to Idaho to visit family but also expanded her travels to many states and countries.  She was adventurous and loved life, from kissing a dolphin to flying in a hot air balloon, she lived life to the fullest.

Carol emitted love to others and her joy for life was unstoppable.  She always had a smile on her face, a sparkle in her eye and a laughter that was both contagious and constant.  Carol focused on the positives in life and ways she could help others.  Even through some of her darkest trials, she never gave up on herself or others.  Her strength to overcome was extraordinary.

Carol is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Stephanie Potts, of Tucson, Arizona; her son, Mike Nelson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Kristi Nelson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and her grandchildren Joshua, Lauren, Kayleen, Nalia, Chace, Ashleigh, Aimee, Traven, Zerik and Skylee.

She was reunited in her passing with her beloved daughter, Christianne Nelson, her parents and her brothers.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Northwest Bible Church, 889 W Chapala Drive, Tucson, Arizona at 2:00pm.  Services can also be viewed via live stream at: or by searching “nwbibleaz” on YouTube.  Condolences can be mentioned here and also emailed to the family at [email protected] where pictures would be appreciated too.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to her church at:

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Born: January 22, 1947
Died: December 10, 2021

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Vicki Canoso posted on 12/29/21

The funeral service for Carol was so beautiful , and thank you for streaming it. I felt like I was there and shared in the heartfelt words of family and Harold. Your mom was indeed smiling today and so proud of all of you!


Vicki canoso posted on 12/29/21

I posted some pictures and condolences eatlier and it said sent for review by staff but has not appeared yet but said sent. I fidnt include my name and email address. Do i need to repost


Hannah Ziersch posted on 12/28/21

I was the little girl that Carol nannied. Named as my "Auntie Carol". She always showered me with joy and love and told me I was welcome to visit her at any time. Im almost 22 and she always showed me such love! One day again in Heaven! ❤


Sandra F Morris posted on 12/28/21

The world has lost a beloved friend and mother. I worked with Carol for many years at Sundance behavioral resources. She was so much fun to tease. She gave patients their appts, often doing more therapy with many. We spent time together going up to see our friend Vicki Canoso in beautiful Sun Valley. She loved the outdoors and my favorite memory was sleeping on a giant air mattress with her and laughing like fools when all the air was gone and we were on the floor. My heart is broken, but she is now with C.J. Sandra Morris


Lindsay Hansen posted on 12/27/21

My most sincere condolences to Carol’s family and friends. I knew Carol briefly as we went to a Learning to Love the Master Retreat. Carol was warm and kind, and easygoing. Rest in final peace, Carol.


Lindsay Hansen posted on 12/27/21

My most sincere condolences to Carol’s family and friends. I knew Carol briefly as we went to a Learning to Love the Master Retreat. Carol was warm and kind, and easygoing. Rest in final peace, Carol.


Beverly Stephens posted on 12/26/21

I loved carol we prayed together had bible study together,missed her friendship when she moved from Idaho Falls, w as shocked to hear if her passing, I will so glad to see her again when it's my time, love to her children God Bless