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Joy B. Nielsen

Joy B. Nielsen died at her South Lake Tahoe home Aug. 28, 2005. She was 76.

Ms. Nielsen was born in Portland, Ore. on Dec. 21, 1928. She worked there as a window dresser for many years, displaying one of her many artistic talents for all to see. She enjoyed drawing portraits and humorous cartoons, creating the jokes that accompanied them.

Her real love was photography, particularly taking pictures of her dear pets, Buttons and Tahoe, in various antics and poses.

Ms. Nielsen was a true inspiration to all who knew her. With a zest for life and a never-ending faith, she battled numerous health issues with a smile on her face and a kind word for all in her path.

She was predeceased by her parents Marion and Charles Nielsen, and her beloved brothers Bill and Ken.

She will be sorely missed by Buttons and Tahoe.

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Ms. Nielsen is survived by best friend and sister, Suzan Van Meter; friends Kathy Tubbs Hoo and Janet Scull; cousins Claudia, Barbara and Ben Whitford of Beaverton, Ore.; nephew Jerry Nielsen of Portland, Ore.; niece Julie Nielsen of Portland, Ore.; great niece Angela Nielsen-Jangen of Montana; and many other great nieces, nephews and friends.

A visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the McFarlane Mortuary chapel, 887 Emerald Bay Road.

Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Happy Homestead Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given at the reception to help cover her final expenses.