Muriel Nelda Jaren
Muriel Nelda Jaren
  • August 4, 1923 - December 4, 2017
  • Sun Lakes, Arizona

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Nelda Jaren was born August 04, 1923 in the Rhondda Valley at TreLewis, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom of Great Britain with a Welsh mother and an English father, in the home her father built. She passed away December 04, 2017, in Chandler, AZ.

The first part of her childhood was spent in TreLewis, returning in 1995 where she rekindled a childhood friendship 45 years later with the little girl who she use to play with next door. When she was around eight years old the family moved to north London across from Finsbury Park As she became a young woman in the forties she endured the bombings and rationing during the Second World War. One day at work she was encouraged, as her patriotic duty, to attend a dance for Yanks where she met Cecil. They later married in London, England in 1945 with a marriage that lasted for more than 70 years.

She came to America in 1946 on the Queen Mary with all the other British War Brides where Cecil was waiting for her at the New York City dock, or she would not have been allowed to disembark. Cecil then started college on the GI Bill attending St. Cloud State Teachers College in Minnesota. Nelda would walk across the Mississippi River in the winter to work to help ends meet from their Quonset Hut in her "arctic suit" given as a gift by her in-laws. Cecil was called back up into the service during the Korean conflict where they spent close to the next twenty nomadic years in the Air Force, finally settling in Chandler, AZ at Sun Lakes where she spent many wonderful years.

Over the years her primary focus was on her family where she dedicated most of her life as a homemaker, making the best British Sunday Roast dinner that one could taste (We will miss those Yorkshire puds!), but she did find time to work from time-to-time in administrative related jobs. In one job she processed classified material in Yuma, AZ for the U.S. Army where personnel who did not know her were sometimes hesitant to hand over their Top Secret documents to this woman with an English accent!

Mom enjoyed playing cards, such as Bridge and Hand-and-Foot, playing tennis in Sun Lakes, and traveling, especially cruises. She was always happy when her cousin, Mary Coates, could join her on one of their many trips. She had friends all over the world, be it from life-long Air Force friends, friends from Churchville, MD and Yuma, AZ, or her many friends from Sun Lakes and the Renaissance Senior Residence Center.

She was a wonderful mother and wife. We did not always show our appreciation for everything she did. She once said that the only individual who seemed to appreciate her was Buffy, our Wired Hair Fox Terrier, but I am sure she knew we all appreciated and loved her very much. She loved her children and her grandchildren very much. She was very proud of all of them.

She was British through-and-through, always enjoying a cup of tea, English style. Proud of her English heritage, but maybe a tad prouder of her Welsh heritage, where she took great pride in the success of all her relatives. One of her favorite British sayings was, "Ta Ta For Now (TTFN)", and Mom's other saying was "savoir faire" (one of her going-away presents at her Frankfurt, Germany Corps of Engineers office was a plaque with that saying!). Even though she was proud of being an American there was still a part of her that longed for the country where she was born and grew up.

She will be greatly missed by all for the joy and caring she brought into our lives, but we are happy that she has joined Cecil, and is in a place of peace and happiness that "Mrs. Parkinson", Sciatic Nerve, and Macular Degeneration can no longer rob her of her "golden years".
She is survived by two sons (Steven and Mark), and three grandchildren (Ryan, Andrew, and James).