Shirley M. Nielsen

Shirley M. Nielsen, born Shirley Maria Morse, of Laramie, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, June 26, at Spring Wind Assisted Living in Laramie, just two weeks before her 95th birthday. She was born to Florence and Frederick Morse in 1923 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

Shirley was a very accomplished woman and outdoor enthusiast. She received her early education in Mass.  She received nurse’s training at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Mass., graduating with an R.N. in 1945.  She came to Wyoming in 1946 where she worked as an RN for United Air Lines in Cheyenne and later at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.  She started work as an RN with the University of Wyoming Student Health Service in 1948 and worked there as an RN, RN Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Supervisor until her retirement in 1986.

She married Marinus C. Nielsen in August 1948, and they lived happily together in Laramie until his death in 1995.

Shirley was a member of the University Women’s Club. She enjoyed biking, hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing.  She was also an artist, an avid teddy bear maker, and collector.

After retirement she traveled extensively with the Colorado Mountain Club, completing many overseas hiking and biking trips, then river trips in Europe.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Warren; and her husband, Marinus.

She is survived by her cousins in Massachusetts; her nieces and nephews in Nebraska and Colorado.

It is Shirley’s wish that cremation take place with her ashes to be scattered in the Snowy Range Mountains. No plans for a memorial service has been scheduled at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Laramie Animal Shelter at 1064 North 5th Street, Laramie, WY 82072


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Condolences (5)

  • Kimberly Boilsen

    Shirley was always fun, adventurous and loved "Cowboy".

  • Kate D Harrop

    My sympathy to her family. Shirley love her cowboys and cowgirls at the arena . We shall miss seeing her at the CjC Roach room where we use to eat before the games. She will always be a Cowgirl and Cowboy fan. love my dear.

  • Bonnie Heidel

    Shirley lived life with passion, love, originality, grace and humor. Her life is beacon and blessing to all whose lives she touched.

  • Peggy Joyce

    Shirley always called us her adopted family. We were so happy & honored she considered us family. We will miss her sweet sassy way. We loved having her with us for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and just everday stuff. She was always game for anything. She was such a good sport and wanted to jump right in to anything. We so enjoyed hearing the stories of her travels. And when we would take her for rides up on Happy Jack or the Snowy Range she would say "see that trail, I've hiked that trail". Can't even count how many there were. Rest in Peace Shirley and enjoy hiking once again. And camping with Marinus and your pack donkey's. Love, Your "Family", The Joyce's, Berger's, Spisak's and Chesnut's

  • Arlene Cassidy

    I always enjoyed hiking or snowshoeing with Shirley--her high spirited, can do attitude was an inspiration to me. And I lover her red hair!


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