The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001449012-01
Funeral Notices


PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ – Gladyce I. Nielsen, 86, died on February 27, 2024, in Phoenix, AZ.

Gladyce was born on February 4, 1938, in Frazee, MN to Gordon and Irene Sanders. She graduated from Moorhead High in 1956. In 1966 she moved to Billings, MT where she later married Douglas Nielsen.

Doug and Gladyce shared a beautiful 48-year marriage full of travel, volunteering, laughter, and love. Gladyce worked as a Secretary for the Teamsters Union, owned a laundromat, and worked tirelessly alongside Doug on their rental properties. In 1993, Doug and Gladyce retired to Kapaa, HI. Gladyce found she wasn’t quite ready to retire and spent the next 13 years as a property manager for Pono Kai Resorts. In 2008, Doug and Gladyce relocated to Grand Junction, CO. She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary church and served as a lector and eucharistic minister. While in Grand Junction, Doug and Gladyce became snowbirds, spending the winters in Casa Grande, AZ. In 2021, they relocated their permanent residence to Prescott Valley, AZ.

Gladyce was preceded in death by her parents Irene and Orville Thorson, Gordon Sanders and her daughter, Terri Burton. She is survived by her husband, Douglas Nielsen; daughters Marcia (Stan) Sniadoski, Cheryl Wilson, Julie Curtis, Laurie (Jon) Schad; sons Steven Morrissey, David Morrissey; siblings Joyce Clarin, Anita Tang, Orville (Annette) Thorson, Roger Sanders, Judy Bjerkeskaug, Gary Sanders, Jan Sanders, Jim (Oleg) Sanders.

Services will be April 4, 2024, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Casa Grande, AZ. Donations in her memory may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Arrangements Provided By:
J Warren Funeral Home