Marvelle Nielson

November 19, 1933June 23, 2013

Marvelle Y. Nielson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed from this life into the hands of our heavenly father and reunited with her beloved husband, Robert L. Nielson on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Robert preceded her death in 2009.

Marvelle was born on November 19, 1933 to Mathias and Lucille Mather in Pasadena, California. She grew up in Alhambra, CA and Bakersfield, CA, and was a 50 year resident of Ventura County. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and became a public school teacher in the Ventura Unified School District. For over 30 years Marvelle educated the youth of Ventura and taught at both Juanamaria Elementary and Balboa Middle Schools. She was dedicated to teaching her students and was determined to help each of them reach their highest potential.

Marvelle was an avid reader and bridge player, and was an orchid enthusiast. In retirement, she was very active with book clubs, bridge clubs, the Ventura County Orchid Society, the American Orchid Society, and the Garden Club of San Buenaventura.

She is survived by her brother, Milton Mather and sister-in-law Cecilia; son, Lester Nielson; daughter, Melinda Bandler and son-in-law David; granddaughters, Chelsea Winn and her husband Austin, Lacey Davis and her husband Scott, and Melissa Valenzuela and her husband Tony; grandsons, Jess Nielson, Aaron Bandler, and Alec Bandler; and eight great-grandchildren, Travis, Natalie, Carter, Mariah, Eric, Alexis, Christian, and Pennelopy.

Graveside services will begin at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 29, 2013, Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society in Marvelle’s name at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Tena Bushart

June 29, 2013

Marvelle was an avid bridge player...even playing on Friday , June 21st ! She was one of our leaders, and always kept score, then announced the winners. We will miss her . As an educator, she touched the lives of many,many students in Ventura. Our condolences to her family and friends.

sandy lopez-donaldson

June 29, 2013

I didnt know Marvelle personally but do know her son Lester and any lady who can raise such a nice and caring man must of been a beautiful mama. May you rest in peece.

June 29, 2013

To Marvelle's family, my sincere sympathy for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Marvelle for several years in the orchid society. She has been one of the most knowledgable, sincere and caring people I have ever known. Her friendly and sincere face has left an empty place in our group. She will be greatly missed. Marian McWilliams

Brigitte Campbell

June 29, 2013

I didn't know Marvelle very long, but she was a very sweet lady and I enjoyed the way too brief time I got to spend with her. Blessings to her family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

June 28, 2013

Marvelle was an asset to the Ventura County Orchid Society. She was knowledgeable in the growing and care of orchids and did not hesitate to offer advice for ailing orchids. She participated in our orchid sales and would drive me nuts when she priced her orchids for dollars and 95 cents. I will miss her. Dearly. My sincerely condolences to the family. Jeri Bond

Marc Goldman

June 28, 2013

You could always count on Marvelle to brighten up our meetings and special events.

June 28, 2013

Having known Marvelle for a good many years working with her in the orchid society she will really be missed the best too the family. June Howie , Albq NM.

Duane Simshauser

June 28, 2013

Marvelle was a colleague and good friend to Julie and I for
many years. I'm sorry to hear of her passing.

Pamela Bugbee

June 27, 2013

I am deeply sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you.
Pam, Bridget, and Joseph Bugbee

Linda Wigley

June 26, 2013

Lester and Melinda, I am sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you. I remember your mother fondly and often thought of her.

Linda Summers Wigley