Nellie S. Otteson

October 20, 1930 – August 29, 2021

Nellie Jacqueline Schofield Otteson, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Benbrook TX on Monday, August 30, 2021. Nellie grew up on a farm near Manassa, CO and lived there until graduating from Manassa High School on May 21, 1948. She married James Arthur “Art” Otteson on the same day and lived with him in Sanford CO until his death in December, 2007. Art and Nellie raised 8 children and were blessed with 32 grandchildren,101 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Nellie was first and foremost a mother and homemaker. She also drove a delivery route for a local dairy and worked as a schoolteacher and bus-driver. As Art and Nellie neared retirement, she travelled across the state of Colorado and lived with Art in his railroad car. (He was a bridge and building Foreman for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.) After retirement, they served a volunteer mission for the LDS church in Phillipsburg, WV for two years. Upon returning home, they enjoyed travel, visiting children and grandchildren, and volunteered countless hours serving their church and community. She enjoyed quilting and other needle-point crafts, gardening and collecting cobalt blue glass knick knacks. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family. Nellie is preceded in death by husband James A. Otteson, Sr.; daughter Jubilee Ann Dickens; 3 great-grandchildren; son-in-law Eric Bunker; and son-in-law Thomas Highley. She is survived by daughter Cindy Jo McGinnis and husband David; daughter Tamara Denise Norton and husband Nicky; daughter Mary Keresa Pottberg and husband William; son James A. Otteson, Jr. and wife Anita; daughter Kendra Highley; son Christian S. Otteson and wife Crystal; and son Jack A. Otteson. Viewing will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 from 7-9 PM at the Sanford LDS Church. Another  viewing will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 fro, 9-9:45 AM at the Sanford LDS Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 4 at 10 AM at the Sanford LDS church. Burial to follow at the Sanford Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit The care of arrangements has been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa.


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