Bee­hive Homes Com­mu­nity Spot­light: Nel­lie Kunz

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Den­nis McGraw

Ev­ery com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- the-earth kind of peo­ple. Join us as each month as we high­light one of our long­time mem­bers in the com­mu­nity.

Nel­lie Kunz was born in March of 1920 in her par­ents’ home lo­cated in Gran­ite, Utah. Charles and Elise De­s­pain raised Nel­lie, her sis­ter and her four broth­ers in Gran­ite. Charles worked at the gran­ite quarry up Lit­tle Cot­ton­wood Canyon at a very young age help­ing with the con­struc­tion of the Salt Lake City Tem­ple. He worked at the mine up un­til the com­ple­tion of the tem­ple in 1893, then be­gan min­ing in Alta and opened the only store in the area with his brother.

“My fa­ther used to tell us a story about a man work­ing at the quarry,” Nel­lie said. “One day while split­ting some quartz, a large slab sheared un­ex­pect­edly, fall­ing on the man. When the crew tried to lift the slab to set him free, he told them to stop mov­ing the slab and to bring his fam­ily moved to Payson in 1994,” said Nel­lie. to the quarry. Some­one quickly went to Af­ter JoAn passed away, Nel­lie spent Sandy City to re­trieve the miner’s fam­ily. most of her time at the Provo tem­ple, work­ing When they re­turned, all his wife and chil­dren there for eight years. Nel­lie re­cently rushed to his side. The trapped man moved into Bee­hive Homes of Payson. “I pro­ceeded to give each child and his wife en­joy it here so much, I have great friends, a bless­ing. He then al­lowed the crew to I’m not home­sick at all,” she said. Nel­lie lift the mas­sive quartz slab off his crushed has 22 grand­chil­dren, 60 great-grand­chil­dren body. Within just a few min­utes he died.” and six great-great-grand­chil­dren Nel­lie’s fa­ther used to tell the kids that (with two on the way). She has an amaz­ing story to re­mind them of how pre­cious life pos­ter­ity. “I am so blessed, my chil­dren is and make sure your house is in or­der. all get along so well, they find ex­cuses

Nel­lie mar­ried Evert A. Kunz in 1940. to get to­gether. I love them so very He was from Sandy but at­tended the same much,” Nel­lie said. grade school as Nel­lie. He was a cou­ple Thank you Nel­lie Kunz for be­ing kind, of grades ahead of her. She never no­ticed lov­ing and gen­er­ous and mak­ing our com­mu­nity him much un­til she finished high school. great. We rec­og­nize you for the They dated from Fe­bru­ary to Au­gust and great fam­ily you have raised and serv­ing were mar­ried. They would live in Gran­ite our com­mu­nity in ev­ery way you can to for sev­eral years. Evert worked at ZCMI make life en­joy­able for those around you. in the ship­ment depart­ment. He would later To con­tact Nel­lie Kunz, visit or write her work for Farm­ers In­sur­ance for many at Bee­hive Homes of Payson, 661 E. 700 years. Nel­lie and Evert had five chil­dren: South, Payson, UT 84651. JoAn, Lael, Robert, Lyle and RaNel. Af­ter Evert passed away, Nel­lie took care of her el­dest daugh­ter JoAn who had MS. Af­ter sev­eral years, and as her MS ad­vanced, RaNel con­vinced Nel­lie to move to Payson to be closer to her so she could help with JoAn’s care.

“We had been look­ing for a suit­able home for weeks and could not find some­thing that was a good fit for JoAn and I,” Nel­lie said. “RaNel was help­ing me by look­ing around for homes in the area. One day she called me and said a home just came on the mar­ket that she was in love with. RaNel went to the sell­ers and told them not to show the home to any­one un­til her mother could see it. I quickly got JoAn and my­self ready and drove as fast as I dared to Payson. The home was very nice, al­most per­fect. There was an open­ing that was dif­fi­cult for JoAn to nav­i­gate her power chair through, and the seller agreed to re­model it so it would ac­com­mo­date JoAn. We pur­chased the home and

Nel­lie Kunz

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