Preston Citizen, 12/18/12
Nellie Shaffer Hendrickson Howell, 75, returned home to our Heavenly Father on Dec. 5, 2012, in Dayton, Idaho. Nellie has enjoyed living with family the last six years while struggling with dementia. Nellie was born in Preston, Idaho, to Virgil Fremont and Edith Shaffer Hendrickson on Feb. 25, 1937, being the youngest of five children. Nellie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nellie held many callings including serving a mission in Scotland with her loving husband Boyd. Nellie graduated from the LDS Hospital, School of Nursing in Idaho Falls in 1958 along with a life long friend Maureen Hodges. Although they were born and raised not 40 miles from each other, Nellie traveled to Switzerland to meet the love of her life George Boyd Howell. Nellie and George “Boyd” were married in the Logan Temple in 1960 and she then had an instant family including Judy and Darrel from Boyd’s previous marriage.
Nellie is survived by her brothers, Donald Hendrickson, Iver (Eileen) Hendrickson, and Edwin (JoAnn) Hendrickson; her son Darrel (Jessica) Howell; son-in-law Greg Cook; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Nellie was preceded in death by her husband George Boyd Howell, her daughter Judy Cook, her parents Virgil and Edith Hendrickson, her sister and spouse Afton and Vernal Bowden, a sister-in-law Verla Hendrickson, and a nephew Edwin Kay Bowden.
We invite family and friends to celebrate Nellie’s life at the funeral services to be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Russon Bros. Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held from 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. on Friday prior to the funeral service.