Constance “Connie” Mathis Nelson

Cedar City,  Constance “Connie” Mathis Nelson, age 90, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family October 1, 2021. She was born February 26, 1931, in Loa, Utah to Karl Pace and Clieve Sorenson Mathis. An older sister Donna, and younger sister Shanna, each 7 years apart. She attended school and graduated from Wayne High School and had a very happy childhood with many cousins.

She married Garth Nelson and they moved to Cedar City where they lived and raised their family. They worked hard together and had a wonderful life. She worked for the telephone company for several years. In 1967 they purchased Southern Utah Lumber where she and Garth worked together along with their two sons. Connie continued to work until just a few weeks before her death.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many leadership positions. She and Garth enjoyed serving in the St. George temple.

Connie was an excellent seamstress, and the real high light of her life was her Monday night quilting friends, who called themselves “ Ladies of the evening”. They enjoyed many years of trips, late-night stitching, and parties together.

Connie had many titles, Mother, Aunt, Sister, Wife, and Friend. To her great-grandkids, she was “Grandma Coke”.

She was a hard worker, thrifty, and a great example to friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter Vivian (Ted) Spilsbury of St. George, Linford (Susan) Nelson, and Chris ( Mary ) Nelson, both in Cedar City. 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Preceded in death by her parents, sisters, infant brother, and husband Garth.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cedarview Ward, 1925 W 320 S, Cedar City, Utah.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cedarview Chapel.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.

Meeting ID: 859 4562 2535

Passcode: 891946

Interment is on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 12:00 pm at the Cedar City cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Connie’s online guest book at



9:00 – 10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Cedarview Ward
1925 W 320 S
Cedar City, Utah


12:00 pm
Cedar City Cemetery
685 N Main
Cedar City, Utah

Guest Book

5 Responses

  1. love you aunt connie
    won t ever forget when you came to help us lamb
    and many many other great times
    rest in peace

    1. I remember when Spencer was a baby and he was running the house at 3 months old Connie came over and told us to take some time off and so we did it saved our sanity and taught Spence he wasn’t the boss I was very greatful for her experience as a mother of 3 kids I loved Connie and her sarcastic comeaden side we had some good laughs she was a sweetheart and will be missed. Jim hunter

  2. My favorite aunt… she was so special and i spent many summers at at Connie’s.. didn’t ever want to leave… She was the best.
    Love her always ❤️

  3. The last of three amazing and feisty sisters to leave a lasting impression on this world. So many memories of Aunt Connie and so much I learned and gained from having her in my life. xoxo Diane

  4. Connie was a favorite cousin. I visited their home several times as a youngster and a teenager. She was always kind and thoughtful. I know she is very happy to be with Garth once again.

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