Jeanne Estes Nielsen

Jeanne passed away on August 12, 2014.   Beloved by her family, “Bedste, was born to Dorr and Nelle Estes on August 7, 1917, in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Jeanne was married to Arthur Nielsen, enjoying sixty-seven years of marriage before his passing in 2004. She was currently of Mason, MI.

Jeanne enjoyed participating in the drama group of the Oradell, N.J. Book and Needle club, serving in the women’s auxiliary for the local Boy Scouts, and being her kids’ biggest cheerleader as they progressed through school. Sewing was always a favorite part of Jeanne’s life, but quilting became her passion when she and Art moved to Holt, Michigan. While in Holt she became an avid charter member of the Capital Area Quilt Guild and her small group, the Creative Cut-Ups.  She was a charter docent at the Michigan Historical Museum and cherished her Sundays working in that position.  Jeanne and Art traveled throughout the U.S. as well as Europe, Greece, Hawaii and China. She had a number of dear friends who were a special part of her life.  She loved to entertain and was a skilled hostess, always welcoming people in and making them feel at home. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Holt.

Jeanne is survived by her three children, Craig Nielsen, Chris and Judy Nielsen, Lynn and Tom Beard; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many close and dear friends.  Mom had a wonderful life, catching the tail-end of the roaring twenties, living through the Great Depression and WWII, and being blessed with a good marriage and a content heart. We will certainly miss her until that time when we will be together again.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Holt on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Holt Community Food Bank or the Agape Community Transformation (A.C.T.). A.C.T. is a recognized program at First Presbyterian Church of Holt that assists orphans in Uganda.  View and post condolences on our online website at

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Joanne Bauer
August 14, 2014 at 8:29 am

I am so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She sounds like a wonderful person. Reba notified Garden Club members that your Mother had passed away.

Maria Leiby
August 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Those of us at the Michigan Historical Museum who knew and worked with Jeanne all loved her. She was quietly effective in her role as a docent and so dependable, for so many years. We certainly learned from her as well–especially about quilting!

Thank you for sharing her with us and our visitors.

Marilee Soltis
August 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Jeanne belonged to our Enhanced Fitness class for a while. We were fondly remembering her at our session this morning. She always had a beautific smile & her sense of humor was intact for sure. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this time of mourning for this gracious person: Jeanne.

Jane Raffo Nocella
August 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

My sincere condolences to the Nielsen family. Your Mom was my Sunday school teacher at Cherry Hill Reformed Church in River Edge. Your Dad was our family dentist. Craig, you are the oldest brother, whom I knew by sight and name, but not personally. Chris and Judy, you were my friends from school. Our sons even met at college. Lynn, you were my brother, Frank’s friend and classmate. Our lives were all enriched by knowing your mother and all of you. I know she will always be with you in your hearts and thoughts. May God bless you and give you comfort and peace knowing she had a life lived so well.

autumn matson
August 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

She was a wonderful lady, witty, fun, clever and always could make me smile. She loved to be hugged & hold her hand when she rested her head on my shoulder..she reminded me of my grandma too. I will miss her & think how Lynn & her brothers had such a wonderful mother. I am fortunate to have known her in the little time that was offered to me..and you too Lynn, love you.


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