Nelda was born to Desma Levoy Halcomb and Delmer Ely Magee on March 7, 1943, in Corning, Arkansas. She was the oldest of nine children (Melva, Donna, Derenda, Vonna, Delmer, Lanna, Bill, and Kevin). As a child she developed rheumatic fever. Her parents were told she wouldn’t live very long, but she beat the odds living a long and happy life.
Nelda was an immaculate housekeeper and a wonderful cook. She loved golfing, playing bridge, trips to Wendover, fine dining, and could out shop anyone! She attended Tooele High School, lived in Tooele and Stansbury Park, and retired from Tooele Army Depot in 1994 with 20 years of service.
Nelda married Ross Lee Bell (later divorced), they had three children: Ricky (Julie) Bell, Steven (Annette) Bell, and Rhonda (Scott) Bryan. She married Milford Duane Varner in 1971 and helped raise his children: Debbie (Mel) Workman, Chad (LuAnn) Varner, Trudy (John) Luker, Ralph (Janie) Varner, and Carrie (John) Grasteit.
Nelda had two dear, lifelong friends, Anna and Judy. They were always there for her, and as her health failed they would still get together for lunch. Nelda loved them both; they had many great adventures together.
Nelda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a grandson, Lucas Bell. She is survived by her siblings, her children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves behind Venus, her toy poodle, that she has loved for 13 years.
A memorial service to honor Nelda’s life will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele, Utah. Friends may call to visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Tooele City Cemetery.
A big shout out and thanks to Heather and all of the wonderful caregivers at Sunridge. We are so grateful for the wonderful care, love, support, compassion, and kindness you showed. Thanks to Scott, her hospice nurse for his support during Nelda’s final days.
While we are saddened by her death, we are grateful for our knowledge of the plan of salvation, and that families can be together forever.