Margaret (Margie) Wise Nilsson |

Margaret (Margie) Wise Nilsson

Margie Nilsson died peacefully March 10, 2009, after a short illness.

She was born Nov. 18, 1928, in Roswell, N.M., to Frances and Charles Wise. Margie grew up in Nogales, Ariz., and Houston. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1948 with a degree in education. After a successful career in education and real estate in Denver, she relocated to Glenwood Springs with the love of her life, husband Jack Nilsson.

Margie was very active in the Frontier Historical Society in Glenwood Springs, both as a board member and a volunteer. She was a member of the Altar Guild at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church and a longtime member of PEO. She also volunteered at Valley View Hospital and Glenwood Springs Elementary School. She gave her time freely and willingly. Margie will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.

Margie is survived by her husband; sons Brad (Margee) Pierce of Aurora, and Doug (Barbara) Pierce of Nashville, Tenn.; grandsons Michael and Colin Pierce; five stepchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Major Joseph Wise.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Frontier Historical Society, 1001 Colorado, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; Advocate Safehouse Project, P.O. Box 2036 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; or Valley View Hospital Foundation, 1906 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

In accordance with Margie’s wishes, a private service will be held at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. A memorial reception will be held for family and friends at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at 732 Huebinger Drive, West Bank Mesa in Glenwood Springs.

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