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Mindy Vetter (Nelson)

Mindy Vetter (Nelson)

Melinda Vetter Nelson
June 6, 1950 ~ Nov 1, 2019
Mindy passed away November 1, 2019 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was born June 6, 1950, in Salt Lake City to Edward and Anne Vetter. Mindy moved to Park City in 1978 where she and her husband Eric raised their three children Summer, Abbey (Jason) and Nick (Iona). Mindy was a member of the LDS church and loved and admired so many people in the Park City Ward.
Mindy graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Social Work. She worked for 22 years as a school counselor at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School in Park City. She was remarkably generous and kind and was loved by her students and colleagues. Her life and career were devoted to helping others.
Mindy was a gifted artist and extremely creative. She had an eye and taste for decorating that was unprecedented, helping many family members and friends with weddings and special events. She made her home a beautiful, warm and welcoming place for family and friends with great attention to detail and style.
Mindy was an incredibly strong and resilient woman. She battled cancer for the past 2 ½ years with grace, dignity and positivity. Mindy made the most of her last years and was able to spend time with her family, friends and loyal dog Cooper. Above everything, Mindy was a devoted mother and wife. She spent her days, up to the very end, always thinking of others and what she could do to help them. Mindy delighted in being with her precious granddaughter Poppy Melinda, and the planning of Abbey and Jason's recent wedding.
Mindy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Eric, her three children, her granddaughter and her siblings Teresa, Carrie (Stephen) and Rusty (Phyllis). She adored all of her cousins (Vetters, Sweeneys, Nelsons, Youngs, Palmers, Bradshaws), nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She also is survived by countless friends, many that blessed her life for 40, 50 and 60 plus years. The family would like to thank the providers and caregivers at Huntsman Cancer Hospital for their efforts to help Mindy and her family. Services to celebrate Mindy's wonderful life will be held Friday November 8 at 1:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Park City (2300 Monitor Drive). Family and friends may stop by to greet Mindy's family before the service beginning at 11:30am.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 5 to Nov. 7, 2019

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11/07/19 10:34 AM #9    

Sue Draney (Baker)

Eric.. thoughts are with you and your family... Mindy was such a force of positive energy.. so happy I knew her.

11/08/19 06:33 AM #10    

Bryan Gerritsen

Becky and I are greatly saddened at Mindy's passing.  Our hearts are with you, Summer, Abbey, and Nick.  One of the great characteristics of Mindy is that she was always smiling, and always brightened my life and those around her.  She was always so kind and nice to me and everyone, as have you, Eric.  We will miss her, but she will be close in our hearts.  We send you our love, Eric.   


11/08/19 06:58 AM #11    

Jeannie Gillespie (Maw)

We are so sorry to hear of Mindy's passing. Our love and condolences to Eric and Mindy's family. Rest In Peace, friend.

11/08/19 02:11 PM #12    

Cindy Bernson (Slagle)


We are so terribly sorry to learn of Mindy's death.  She always had a smile on her face and was so kind to everyone.  We are grateful we got to visit with her at the reunion last year.

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

With Love, 

Cindy and Tom Slagle

11/08/19 04:11 PM #13    

Roger Baker


Kristie and I are so sorry for your loss.  We have been kept updated  by Mindy's sister, Teresa.  Due to Kristie's progressing Alzheimers we where not able to attend services today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Roger Baker


11/09/19 09:26 AM #14    

Jennifer Davis (Sorensen)

It seems like Mindy was a friend to all.  My favorite memories include going up to her family's cabin in Park City.  We would stay over and have great breakfasts in the morning.  I am so sad that she left her family and home so soon.  I wish all of them comfort and peace at this difficult time.

11/09/19 11:18 AM #15    

Theresa Ebert (Clark)


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Mindy was a great friend from grade school on through high school. Our memories of yearbook staff are so special.  I am glad we had a chance to reconnect at the 50th reunion.  Mindy was such an amazing person and she will be missed in so many ways.

11/09/19 11:31 AM #16    

Barbara Boyce (Timothy Bowen)

Eric, Many thanks to you, your children, Mindy's siblings and others for yesterday's service which was a true celebration of Mindy's life and captured the essence of this most amazing woman!  (And for the gathering afterward in which we reminisced and renewed old friendships!)

Mindy was truly one of the most lovely, talented, compassionate people who has ever graced this planet.  I have been in awe of her since our days at Rosslyn Heights!  So many of us, yesterday, shared our desire, through the years, to "be like Mindy!" 

A light has left this earth, but it will return as Mindy watches over you, Eric, and your children!

Much love and thanks,

Barbara Timothy Bowen

11/09/19 01:16 PM #17    

John Brown

I'm so sorry Eric.  This is much too soon.  Great memories will last forever.

Warm thoughts & prayers.  
John Brown



11/20/19 11:03 AM #18    

Mindy Lees (Webb)

Mindy and I went to Rosslyn Heights, Hillside Jr, and Highland together. For the longest time she was the only other Melinda/Mindy I knew.  I think the fact that she shared my name helped my social standing.  In other words, I was honored to share it with her.  Mindy was adorable inside and out. Her energy and enthusiasm for life were just part of who she was. Her not being in this world seems so wrong. So happy that her granddaughter is carrying on the name.  Mindy Lees Webb

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