Gillies Funeral Chapel


Lila Nelson Wendel

Lila Nelson Wendel

March 6, 1923  ~  March 24, 2013

Graveside services: Friday, March 29, 2013, at 11:00 am at the Brigham City Cemetery, 495 East 500 South

Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Lila Nelson Wendel, 90 wonderful years, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Montebello in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She was born on March 6, 1923 in Granger, Utah a daughter of Clifford Alvin  and Elizabeth Lillie Rupp Park Shafer.

Lila married Wilford Norgal Wendel in Salt Lake City, Utah and the marriage was later solemnized in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1960.

She was a life-long member of the LDS Church where she served in many capacities and especially enjoyed her relationship with children in the Primary Program.

Lila worked many years for the Federal Government including the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at Intermountain School and retired at the BIA Police Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984.

Lila was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant.

An avid sports fan, Lila could frequently be found cheering at Box Elder High school games, keeping score at baseball games and watching the Utah Jazz on TV. Her love of life was contagious and her happiest hours were spent with her family and many friends.

Lila is survived by her two sons, Phil Nelson of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Clifford (Bernadette) Wendel of Abingdon, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, seven (7) brothers and sisters and her best friend “Buster” the Cocker Spaniel.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff at The Montebello in Albuquerque and to the excellent care provided by Presbyterian Hospice in Lila’s final days.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 11:00 am at the Brigham City Cemetery, 495 East 500 South, where interment will take place.

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Phil and Cliff,
You had a wonderful mom. You should be proud of her, she was of you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish I was able to attend services.

Scott Vander Steen


Cliff and family,
I am sorry to see you have lost your mother, we don't ever get too old for it to still be a big loss. I hope you find much comfort in the knowledge of where she is at this time, and that she can be near you often to comfort.
A long ago friend,

Kathy Sara Hansen Gifford


I have been blessed to have Lila, my sweet and loving mother-in-law, in my life. I hold dear the many memories of laughter and good times together. My dear Lila, may your beautiful soul rest in peace.

Bernadette Wendel






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