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January 10, 2023


Jean Yvonne Roberts Nielson

July 23, 1934 - January 7, 2023

Jean Yvonne Roberts Nielson, age 88 and a resident of Franklinton, died Saturday afternoon January 7, 2023 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was born at home in Mount Hermon on July 23, 1934. Jean was a longtime active member of Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church that often cooked the chicken pie for church dinners and gatherings. Jean was as hard-working as she was loving. She and her family operated a successful dairy farm for over 40 years, which of course required overseeing daily. She would often have her grandchildren assist her in working with the cows. Later in life, she loved to take her great-grandchildren on nature walks around the property. Jean was a big sports fan, especially basketball, LSU and the New Orleans Saints. She never failed to attend the many sporting events and activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jean enjoyed talking on the phone to her family for as long as she could, unless there was a game on, when she would have to hang up. She loved traveling to Branson, Missouri to hear the great gospel music. Each Thursday she would get her hair fixed and go grocery shopping with special friend Ruby Bickham. Jean had a sharp mind and fantastic memory, remembering the birthdays of each and every member of her large family. They all would receive a special birthday card and treat. She will be forever missed by all her loved ones.

Survived by: Sons and Daughters in law: Russell and Nettie Nielson, Bruce and Rita Nielson; Son in law: Otha Schilling; Sisters and a Brother in law: Pat Roberts Smith and Nickey Smith, Sue Roberts Marino; Grandchildren and Spouses: Robin Nielson, Rusti Nielson Owens and Jamey Holden, Jennifer Nielson, Dudley and Amanda Nielson, Brandon and Delia Schilling, Cole and Jessica Schilling, Brittney and Josh Penton, Raven and Corey Lambert; Great-grandchildren: Hunter and Hayden Owens, Hinsten Holden, Jackson Gilmore, Katherine Bitting, Lauren Nielson, Hannah and Noah Culbreath, Peyton, Tyler, Jackson and Colton Schilling, Cooper and Claire Penton, Khloe Lambert; Great-great-grandchildren: Jaxston and Waylon Gilmore, William Culbreath; Honorary Family Members: Hayes, Ruby and James Bickham; Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Willie Jay Nielson, daughter Cheryl Nielson Schilling, grandson William Kyle Nielson, great-grandson Jacob Brandon Schilling, parents Frank Roberts and Alyene Miller Roberts, siblings Benton Pete Roberts, Bobbie Roberts Bankston, Holyne Roberts, Wayne Roberts, an infant sister Lena Diane Roberts, father in law and mother in law Joe and Susie Nielson, honorary grandson Jonathan Clint Bickham.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Tuesday January 10th from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue Wednesday at Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. A funeral service will be held in the church at 11:00 am Wednesday with Rev. Frederick Brumfield, Rev. Rick Elder and Rev. Ronnie Chaisson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers: Dudley Nielson, Brandon Schilling, Cole Schilling, Jackson Gilmore, Hunter Owens, Hayden Owens, Peyton Schilling, Tyler Schilling

Honorary Pallbearers: James Bickham, Clay Sumrall, Jackson Schilling, Colton Schilling, Hinsten Holden, Cooper Penton

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