Published: November 08, 2007 12:46 am
Annie Lee Mullis Nielsen, wife of Dr. R. Elmer Nielsen, entered her
heavenly home on Nov. 5, 2007. She was born on Oct. 5, 1916, on a
dairy farm near Charlotte, N.C., to Eula Gayle and Zeb Mullis. The
eldest of six children, she attended the University of North
Carolina and Bob Jones University. There she met and later married
Elmer Nielsen from Montgomery, Ala.
The Nielsens would live to enjoy a 68-year marriage that would take
them from World War II into their retirement in 1985 to Cullman. A
devout Christian, she supported and encouraged her husband as he
completed his education to become an ordained minister. Always at
his side in pastorates in Milton, Fla., Hattiesburg, Miss., Cullman
and Montgomery, she was the shining light of graciousness and
To her four children, she was the mother who loved each one and
made their home her priority, bringing dignity and admiration to
the word “homemaker.” In 1963, when son John was a
senior, she served as president of the Cullman High School PTA.
After the children left home, she acquired her licensed practical
nurse accreditation and provided private-duty care for seniors.
She was faithful with her husband as he continued his ministries to
Tutwiler Prison, and international churches in Singapore and
Thailand. Since her first trip abroad in 1950, to meet Danish
relatives, Annie Lee traveled extensively in many parts of the
world and loved meeting new people.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. R. Elmer Nielsen; one sister,
Geraldine Casner of Charlotte, N.C. Her children include Nancy (Dr.
Charles) Davis, Tommy (Carol) Nielsen, Dr. John (Rita) Nielsen and
Chris (Marsha) Nielsen; her grandchildren are Dana (Dr. Jeff)
Morris of Houston, Texas, Kristi Nielsen, Richard (Jiwan) Nielsen
of Atlanta, Ga., Susan (Bryan) Bowen of Cullman, Jason Nielsen of
Boulder, Colo., Jennifer (Brad) Taylor, and Julie (Reggie) Freeman
of Birmingham; her great-grandchildren are Carter and Cooper Bowen,
Taylor, Brooke and Evan Morris, and Anna Kate Taylor.
A special thank-you is given to the caregivers who are like family:
Judy Crandall, Sheila Bowers and Barbara Persall.
Memorials may be made to the 21st Century Church Expansion Fund of
First Baptist Church or Hospice of Cullman County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at First Baptist
Church in Cullman, Brian Witcher officiating, with interment in
Cullman City Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one
hour prior to services.
Visitation was Wednesday
2007, The Cullman Times
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