CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Jane Mellick Nielsen of Centennial, Colo., died peacefully at home of natural causes on Jan. 1, 2014. She was 99.
Jane Ellen Mellick was born Sept. 8, 1914, in Janesville, Wis., to Rollin Janvrin and De Lima Ballard Mellick.
She married Niels Christian Nielsen on Feb. 26, 1938, in Peoria.
She raised her family in Danville where she and Niels established the Prescription Shop and other business interests. They retired in Flat Rock, N.C., where she lived until relocating to Denver, Colo.
She is survived by daughters Jane Mahoney (Sandy Clark) of Englewood, Colo., and Chrissy Chalmers (David), Loomis of California.; son, Peter Nielsen (Killeen) of Missoula, Mont.; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Niels; and daughter Karen Heyman Nielsen of Martinique, French West Indies.
Jane lived a life filled with grace, health, beauty and optimism. Wherever she lived, she brought beauty into the world through her artistic and gardening talents. She was president of the Danville Historic Museum and Garden Club and was responsible for the development and care of the museum’s outstanding herb garden. Jane and Niels were remarkably talented dancers, who often were known to step up at a moment’s notice and steal the show wherever live music was being played. Niels and Jane’s dancing talents were recognized with a role in the movie “Dirty Dancing.” Jane loved cooking and baked incredible pies. Jane continued her passion for painting botanical watercolors up until days before her death.
A family memorial will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Danville Historical Museum, Art Students League of Denver or the charity of your choice.
Jane Mellick Nielsen — Graceful artist, dancer, gardener, mother.