Sharon Laverne Neilson

August 19, 1945July 8, 2018

Sharon Laverne Neilson, 72, of Davenport, IA passed away Sunday, July8, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Funeral services will be at 9:00 am Thursday, July 12, 2018 in the Chapel Mausoleum at Davenport Memorial Park, followed by burial. Memorials may be made to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Online condolences can be expressed at Sharon was born on August 19, 1945 in Davenport to Laverne and Marianna (Rindler) Johnston. After graduating from Davenport High School in 1963, she worked for the Quad City Times where she met and married Don Neilson from Milan, IL. Having moved from Silvis to Minnesota, Chicago, and Virginia, she returned home to Davenport in 1993 to care for her mom. Sharon enjoyed writing, reading and baseball, especially the River Bandits. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and close friends. Sharon was an avid collector of heart and owl knick-knacks. She will be remembered for the kind and caring fighter she was. She was known to be a classy lady and will be missed by all. Those left cherishing her memory include her children: Todd (Younhui) Neilson and Tori (Paul) Simpson; grandson, Jacob Simpson; sister, Kathleen (Don) Anderson; nephews: Michael (Lyn) Lennon and Britt West; cousins, Cheryl Ann Oliver, David (Karen) Johnson and Denny (Cheryl) Johnson and a very special friend, Bob Walters.


  • Laverne Johnston, Father
  • Marianna (Rindler) Johnston, Mother
  • Todd (Younhui) Neilson, Son
  • Tori (Paul) Simpson, Daughter
  • Jacob Simpson, Grandson
  • Kathleen (Don) Anderson, Sister
  • Michael (Lyn) Lennon, Nephew
  • Britt West, Nephew
  • Cheryl Ann Oliver, Cousin
  • David (Karen) Johnson, Cousin
  • Denny (Cheryl) Johnson, Cousin
  • Bob Walters, Special Friend

  • Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sharon Laverne Neilson

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Christine Masterson

July 13, 2018

I always enjoyed visiting with Sharon at Margret's Beauty Shop.

Karla Fraser

July 11, 2018

Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss! I am still in shock! When I saw this in the paper this morning I was beyond knowing what to say. My heart is breaking. There are not enough words to express how I feel. Even though we didn’t talk often I have so many, many wonderful memories of her and her family! They were all very special in my heart! Sharon and I grew up together and spent nights at the ballgame with her dad! We did many crazy things together! Heaven has certainly gained another Angel and I hope you Rest In Peace Sharon. I’ll never forget you! Love You❤️❤️