Nelda May Clarke

August 3, 1930November 19, 2021

Nelda May Clarke, of Thornton, Co, passed away on Friday November 19,2021 in Denver,Co. she will always be remembered as a loving Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma and Great Great Grandma to all that knew and loved her. She was born on Aug. 3,1930 in TaneyVille, MO to her parents Thomas and Eunice Beall

Nelda is survived by her sister, Shirley Fay Middleton, Children: James Edward Johnson and spouse Jackie Johnson, Beverly Lynn Arellano and Spouse Joseph Arellano, and Harley Johnson. Grandchildren: Janell Means, Paul Arellano, Parry Arellano, Kimberly Pettinger, Justin Johnson, Malena Valdez and Amber Farley. 12 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her spouses George Johnson, Fred Clarke,Child Pamela Johnson. Brother Thomas Beall, Sisters Elizabeth West, Jean Stuart and Harriette Garrett

The visitation will be held from 3 – 7 o’clock p.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Olinger Highland Mortuary. The Funeral Service will be held at 1 o’clock on Tuesday November 30,2021 at Olinger Highlands Mortuary located at 10201 Grant St. Thornton, CO 80229. The funeral services will be live streamed via the link below. The link will not be active until 10 mins before the service starts.

If you wish to send flowers condolences please send to Olinger's Highlands Mortuary in honor of Nelda Clarke , you may call Veldkamp’s Flowers at (303) 232- 2673.


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021


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Shirley Middleton

November 30, 2021

To begin I, just want to express that the last few months of my Sister Nelda's life, we talked daily on the phone. Reminiscing about our childhood, talking about memories raising our children.
We spoke of some of our shared memories, especially one when we were in grade school. We had a snow... but we wanted to go to town to see a movie. So, we put on our coats and our overshoes, and Papa went with us to the show. On the return home (its about a mile and a quarter), the moon was full and we walked across a neighbors field for a short-cut. The snow crunched, it was a beautiful moonlit night, the crunch of the sparkling snow... It was so cold that our footsteps made the snow "squeak". We were grateful that Papa took us. I don't know how many times we talked about that.
Nelda and I both thought it was one of our best child hood memories, one of the favorite memories of our lives.

We talked of our health and I was looking forward to seeing her at Christmas time. She told me "I don't know whether my heart will last that long". But we laughed and we talked, and I got her to giggle : )

I will continue to remember our good nights. We always made sure that when we said goodnight, that we loved each other. And that love will remain with me the rest of my life.

I'm grateful for Nelda's family, for their care and visiting with her, including the daily care by Joe, Bev, and Harley during her last months. We spoke about it on the phone quite a bit.

Her Loving Sister Shirley

Denise Hodgson

November 29, 2021

Dear Sweet Nelda,
You will be missed so much by so many people. You are loved beyond words.
In 1977 we began our journey together. Beverly brought this 17 year old run away troubled girl over and she attached herself to your kindness right away. You reminded me of my Grandma's kindness and gentleness and stability.
You put up with Beverly and I in and out at all hours, doing who knows what. :)
You were instrumental in showing me security I craved so much, and gentleness. I never heard a cross word from you though many times I truly deserved to. :)
Your family accepted me as one of their own, later I married into the family, and even after divorce, we remained close though our contact was limited, I have always had the utmost respect and love for you. You were such an inspiration to me maturing into the woman I am today.
Your life was so full of love and kindness. You are the definition of what a true Christian woman is. I will never forget you.
You have earned your place in heaven with God for eternity. Fly high beautiful soul. I hope I can be a fraction of the good person you were.
We should all strive to be more like you.
With Love
(and sadness cuz I'm selfish that way)


Sylvia Garrett

November 28, 2021

This is how I always think of Aunt Nelda

Julie Welch

November 27, 2021

Nelda , I am so sorry to hear of your passing , you were a loving mother-in-law to me , our last visit was enjoyable meeting for me , Janell loves you so much , you are very special lady , I will always hold a special love for you. Julie

Janell Means

November 26, 2021

Grandma, You will truly be missed by each and every one of us. I am so blessed that I was able to spend as much time with you as I could in those last days. We listened to worship music, we laughed and we cried. We told stories. You slept and I sat by your side until you would wake up. And of course always tell me that you were just resting your eyes, We knew better. I made sure you had your meals and of course never forgot your dessert. (IYKYK) You gave me comfort in knowing that you were never scared to go to Heaven, Your faith has always been so strong and that is what has and is helping me get through this. I love you grandma with all of my heart and soul and I will always carry you in my heart. Until we see each other again.
Love always and forever
Janell, Steve, Bailee and Brianna and of course Nash ( he loved Grandma)