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Shirley Ann Neilson, 75, passed peacefully on June 7, 2012, in her home in Bigfork, Montana, following a two year battle with cancer. Shirley was born in Helena, Montana, on Nov. 18, 1936 to Rhea and Charles Cartwright. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jerry Neilson, their sons, Rick and his wife Deb, Jeff and his wife Cortney, Dane and his wife Becky, Van and his wife Valke, and eight grandchildren who knew her affectionately as "Gigi"; Erin, Jeremy, Stow, Abby, Zack, Ava, Abigail, Shelby, one great-grandson, Solomon and her sister, Marilyn McKenzie of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
A private family memorial service will be held.
The Neilson family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the love and care provided by the many professionals at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. A special thanks to all the Hospice and Emergency Room personnel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Northwest Healthcare Foundation, 310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901.