Margaret Rose Nelson, age 40, died Saturday morning, September 26, 1992 at the University of Utah Medical Center following a long illness.
Margaret was born in St. George, Utah on May 27, 1952 a daughter of Victor Pershing and Hattie Jones Nelson. She received her early schooling in Orem, Utah and graduated "magna cum laude" with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1973. She was a member of the "Charter Class" of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and received her J.D. degree in 1976. She was admitted to the Utah State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 1977; the District of Columbia Bar in 1979; and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1980. A practicing attorney in Utah County for ten years, she served both in private practice and as a Deputy Utah County Attorney. For the last six years, she had been serving as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah. Very active in professional, educational, civic and political endeavors, Margaret served prominently in many positions. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Education Commission of the States based in Denver; she was appointed by the State Board of Education to serve on the Far West Laboratory Board based in San Francisco; appointed by the Utah State Legislature to serve on the Title 53 Revision Commission of the Utah Code; appointed to serve on the committee which revised the Juvenile Court Rules of Practice & Procedure for the State of Utah; appointed by the Utah State Bar to serve on the Utah Legal Services Board; appointed by the Utah State Board of Regents to serve on the Name-Change Committee of the Utah Valley Community College and was actively involved in that institution, serving as president of its alumni association. She was a member of the Institutional Council and Vice-President of the Foundation Board of that college. Her professional memberships included: Utah Statewide Association of Prosecutors, National District Attorney's Associaiton, Utah Trial Lawyer's Associaiton, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and others. She was listed in "Who's Who of American Women (1985-86)" and "Who's Who in the West (1984-1985)".Margaret served as Vice-President of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce and chaired the committee which issured the report that the two chambers be merged; she was elected to the Utah State Board of Education in 1982 and re-elected in 1984. She was a member of the Utah State Land Board and a member of the Utah State Community Impact Board/Disaster Relief Board; Chairman of the Mountain Land Headstart Board in Utah County; member of the Provo School District Vocational Advisory Committee; member of the the Utah Bar Journal Committee; and she was an active member of the Republican Party, having served as a voting-district chairman and as a delegate to county, state, and national conventions.
Margaret was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous ward and stake callings. She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She is survived by two brothers: Dennis Pershing Nelson and wife, Denise; Aaron Alma Nelson and wife, Kathleen; two sisters: Kathleen Knight and husband, Glade M.; Karen Lichfield and husband, David D.; together with 15 nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Benjamin Kim and the doctors and 6th-floor nurses of the U of U Medical Center, who cared for Margaret during her prolonged hospitalizations.
Funeral services on Wednesday, September 30th, at 2:00 in the Parleys 1st and 6th Ward Chaple, 2350 East 2100 South. The family will receive friends, from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Parleys Chapel on Wednesday and Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple. Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery following a short graveside service.
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