Marilea Carlson Nietfeld was born September 8, 1932, and was received into the arms of her Lord on October 15, 2019. She was raised on a farm in Tarkio, Missouri, with eight siblings. She pursued a career in nursing and met her husband, Harlan, in the halls of Rose Hospital, where they were both employed. Together, they had a successful medical practice, raised a beautiful family, and traveled the world.

After their children grew up, Harlan and Marilea served as medical missionaries in Uganda for two years, an experience that Marilea valued throughout the rest of her life. At her core, she was faithful – a faithful wife, a faithful mother, and faithful to her Lord, Jesus. Though she experienced many difficulties throughout her later years, she never lost her gratitude, her mischievous sense of humor, or the sound of Harlan’s voice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence Carlson; and her siblings, Bob Carlson, Norma Carlson, Lila Nebel and Gordon Carlson. She is survived by Harlan, her husband of 61 years; their three children, Linda (Scott) Carothers, Margaret (Luciano) Martinez, and Stephanie (John) Lerohl; siblings, Marjorie (Don) Holloway, David (Dottie) Carlson, Carroll Carlson, and Lynn Carlson; five grandchildren; and one precious great-granddaughter.

Services were held Saturday, October 19, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Services were under the direction of Imperial Funeral Home & Imperial Memorial Gardens, Pueblo, Colorado.