Jeanene Pickett Benson

Our wonderful, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt Bernice Nelson Pickett passed away on August 8, 2017 at her home in St. George, Utah.

Bernice was born on July 15, 1932 in Kanab, Utah to Jonathan Pratt Nelson and Polly Abigail Judd. She was the 8th of 12 children.

Bernice spent many of her summers on Kaibab Mountain in Arizona, where her dad and uncles were loggers. She really loved her time spent there and had wonderful memories from those years. Other summers her family moved around as her dad worked in sawmills in other areas.

When she was young her family moved to Hatch, Utah. At the age of 6 they moved to St. George where she spent most of her life, attending elementary, junior high and Dixie High School.

Bernice loved children and babysat often through her teen years for her sisters and other families in the area. She later had jobs at Dixie Theater, Pickett Lumber Company, and then at Pembrokes in Salt Lake City.

Bernice was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served a mission in the Eastern States Mission, spending time in Memphis and Chattanooga, TN.  Throughout the years she served in many callings for the church in Primary and Relief Society.

On May 26, 1961, she married Elmer Squire Pickett for time and all eternity in the St. George LDS Temple. He was a widower and she became a mother to his 6 children. Together, they added 4 more children to the family.  She loved all 10 unconditionally.

Bernice is survived by 3 of her children: Micheline Alldredge (Doug) of Mesa, AZ; Vaughn of St. George, UT; and Lisa Jennings (Alpine) of Bloomington, IL; and 5 of her step-children: Garth (Kathy) of Los Altos Hills, CA; Bruce (Kathy) of St. George, Utah; Jeanene Benson (Gary) of Bloomington, UT; Kevin (Pam) of Las Vegas, NV; and Brian (JoAnn) of Middleton, UT; plus 40 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Don Nelson of Spanish Fork, UT. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer, her daughter, Jeri; her step-daughter, Pamela Riddle; and her step-grandson, Spencer Riddle; along with her parents, 7 sisters, and 3 brothers.

The family would like to give thanks to Zion’s Way Hospice and DeAnn Jensen for the care they gave to their mom the last couple of months of her life. Also to Dr. Tom Jones for his great care and concern of her for many years.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 19th at 11 am at the Flood Street LDS chapel, 85 South 400 East.  A viewing will be held on Friday evening, Aug. 18th at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, UT, from 5-7 pm and at the church prior to the funeral from 9 – 10:30 am. Interment will be at the St. George Cemetery immediately following the Funeral.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Bernice Nelson Pickett’s guestbook at