Barbara was born Feb. 3, 1937, to Charles and Edna Cockayne. She grew up in Salt Lake City and attended East High School, then BYU. She was sealed to Frank B. Nelson on Aug. 31, 1959, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Her family has always been her greatest joy. She cherished and showed constant love and devotion to each of her eight children. As an active member of the LDS Church, she served in many capacities, including Relief Society President. She loved the gospel and enjoyed serving two missions – Sydney, Australia, and Detroit, Mich. – with her husband.
Barbara was an accomplished seamstress and an excellent cook – as her family and frequent diners at The Calico Kitchen in Moab, can attest. She was a proficient bookkeeper for several banks and a great asset to her husband’s retail stores. She found many opportunities for service, including knitting hats – many of which were worn by her fellow oncology patients. She was especially fond of her sisters and friends and loved to chat with them often. She believed that a good book, See’s chocolate, and a bubble bath were the solution to most of life’s challenges.
Barbara will be remembered for her love and kindness, her quiet and forgiving nature, and her faith and optimism through pain and adversity. Her family would like to thank Merry Gray for her kindness and friendship.
Barbara is survived by her husband; siblings: Judy (Ken) Peterson, Lynne (Frank) Rosbach, and Jim (Peg) Cockayne; children: Randy (Jennifer), Rick (Terri), Robert (Debbie), Stacy (Troy) Hoskins, Heather (Shane) Alires, Russell (Jill), Ryan (Crystal), and Rhett (Holly) Nelson; 26 living grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Donald Cockayne; and her granddaughter, Kassandra.
Funeral services: Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m. (viewing 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), LDS Chapel – 7035 W. 3605 S., West Valley, Utah. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.