Kimberly Nelson passed away Thursday, March 31st, at the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, due to complications in a long and brave battle against Leukemia.
Our beloved Kimberly is the Jewel of our hearts. She was born May 30th, 1991, to her parents, David and Julie Nelson, and her eagerly awaiting older siblings, Emily and Michael, of Logan, Utah.
Despite health conditions that may have held her back, Kim has always been full of life, energy, an unbeatable determination to accomplish whatever goal she set for herself, and an undying love for everyone in her life. Her positive attitude has always lifted those around her, and her desire to make others laugh, even at her own expense, never ended.
Kim has always been a tremendous example to those around her. She inspires others to strive to be better, and her desire in life has been to help them along the way. Her unshakable testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is undeniable to anyone who knows her. She doesn’t just believe, her entire life has been proof of her belief. The shining light within her has made the world a brighter place.
Kimberly comes from an incredible family and legacy. Her parents, sister, and brother, Grandparents Keith E. (deceased) and Mary Beth Nelson, of Logan, Utah, and Joseph D. (Deceased) and Loleta Marie Tanner of Lyman, Wyoming, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Best Friends, and countless other loved ones’ lives were brightened for having known Kim.
The funeral in her honor will be held on Saturday, the 9th of April, at noon, with a viewing from 10:30 to 11:30 that morning, at the Logan 15th Ward building, 125 West 600 North in Logan, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday evening, the 8th of April, from 6:00 until 8:00, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 150 East 400 North, Logan, Utah.
Kim was diagnosed with AML Leukemia on July 22, 2009, just after she finished high school. She'd been feeling well, just showing a few bruises when she went to Primary Childrens Medical Center for a heart surgery to fix a relatively minor condition she's had since she was born. A blood test before the surgery showed that her blood had been completely taken over by the cancer. They admitted her that day and began treatment right away. She went through five long rounds of chemotherapy, doing relatively well, with the exception of one infection that led to a very scary stay in the Pediatric ICU. She spent almost all of that time in the hospital, with just a few breaks to go home. By the end of March 2010 she was allowed to go home for good- officially in remission! She was so excited to finally go to USU Fall semester, and got strait A's in all of her classes! Psychology, Humanities, Family Finance and ANATOMY. Not a week after finals, at a regular check up at PCMC, her blood tests showed that her cancer was back. And thus began round two- Kim's goal was to make it to a bone marrow transplant. We had found a donor, so all that was left was to get her in remission once more. After three rounds of chemotherapy, her body was no longer strong enough to keep fighting, no matter that her spirit was. She will always be with us. 7:48 pm, March 31, 2011