At 1:45 a. m. Neilene Gailey Gertge returned to her Father in Heaven and her Savior after her years-long battle with health issues, in her home in South Weber. She was surrounded by family members.
Neilene was born in Ogden on July 27, 1950, to her parents, Neil Smedley Gailey and Yvonne Green. She was the oldest of six children. She spent most of her youth in Clearfield, Utah and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1968. From the very beginning, she had a strong testimony of the gospel and shared it with many people, by her loving example.
In November 1968, she met her husband, Joseph E. Gertge, and were married on June 4, 1969. Joe, from Colorado, was stationed at Hill Air Force Base. Shortly after their wedding, together they left for assignment at Torrejon AFB, Spain. They resided there for the next 3 years, until Joe was discharged from the Air Force on March 15, 1972. While living in Spain, their oldest 2 children, Joseph Dean and Lynell Diane were born. They lived in Clearfield for five months and then moved to Clinton, Utah where they bought their first home and their other 3 children, Marlene Dawn, Mark Andrew, and Randy Lee were born.
In October 1982, Joe took a career broadening assignment in Dayton, Ohio. They resided in Fairborn, Ohio for three years and had the opportunity to make many good friends and travel to many areas of the Eastern and mid-western part of the United States. They then returned and settled in their current home in South Weber, UT in 1985.
Neilene worked for Intermountain Health Care in the blood bank and the hospital labs. She enjoyed her work and made many friends. For several years after leaving IHC, she started an in-home daycare for birth to two-year-old children. Over several years, she touched the lives of several dozen children and formed strong relationships with their parents.
Her youngest son, Randy Lee was born with special needs. She spent most of her time so that he received all the love and care one could give. He required a lot of time in care, yet Randy was one of her most treasured blessings as he thrived in the environment of love and care that Neilene, family, schoolteachers, many neighbors, and friends provided. Together they made a lasting impact to all they had associations with. He passed away at the age of 22 in 2001.
Joe retired from the HAFB in 2004 and they accepted a job with Boeing, which took Joe and Neilene to Minot, North Dakota, for one year. After one year back to their home in South Weber, they then spent a year in Great Falls, Montana working for Boeing. While in North Dakota and Montana, they were able to get to know and see a lot of the northern part of this great country. In 2011, Joe retired from Boeing and returned to their South Weber Home.
Wherever Neilene lived she served in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From the very beginning of their marriage, starting in Spain, where she was the only member who could play the piano, she played in every organization. In Clinton, she played the piano and organ, served in Relief Society, Primary and Young women’s programs. This great service continued in Clinton, Ohio, and South Weber. Many of her church-callings included leadership positions, where she continued to lead and serve by example.
Neilene and Joe participated in two 30-month service missions at the Church of Jesus Christ Bishop’s storehouse in Layton. As Covid hit they were released from their mission.
Neilene was preceded in death by her parents, Neil Smedley Gailey and Yvonne Green and her youngest son, Randy Lee. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, and her other four children, Joseph Dean (Maribel) South Weber, UT, Lynell Diane (Bird Bice) Athol, ID, Marlene Dawn (Ryan Monson) South Weber, UT, and Mark Andrew (Kristie) Surprise, AZ. They have 14 Grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and her five siblings, Sharon (Doug) Overdiek, Arlene (Edward) Gertge, Dwight (Jan) Gailey, Greg (Jana) Gailey, and Marilyn (David) Keller.
Funeral services will be held Saturday January 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the South Weber Stake Center, 7989 South 2250 East, South Weber, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday January 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center prior to the service.
Interment, Syracuse City Cemetery, 1250 S. 1000 W., Syracuse, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Humanity Aid Fund or a charity of your choice. We would like to thank the many people who helped care for Neilene, the Ogden Clinic Family, Robert Gertge PA, and Jody Fowers FNP, The Atlas Hospice Group, especially Sydney and Shannon, and so many neighbors and friends who have provided so much love and service to Neilene over her last few years during her declining health.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of Neilene’s obituary page at www.lindquistmortuary.com