Daughter of President Nelson Dies after Courageous Battle with Cancer

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor

  • 13 January 2019

Norman A. Maxfield and Wendy Nelson Maxfield. Sister Maxfield, daughter of Church President Russell M. Nelson, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Wendy Nelson Maxfield—a daughter of President Russell M. Nelson, the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Saints—died Friday, January 11, 2019, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 67.

She and her husband, Norman A. Maxfield, are the parents of seven children and have 20 grandchildren.

She is the second of nine daughters and one son to be born to President Nelson and Sister Dantzel White Nelson.

“We express our love to the entire Nelson and Maxfield family as they remember her life and mourn her passing,” said Church spokesman Irene Caso.

Sister Maxfield is preceded in death by her sister Emily Nelson Wittwer—who died on January 29, 1995, at age 37 of cancer—and her mother, Sister Dantzel W. Nelson, who died unexpectedly on February 12, 2005.

Wendy Nelson Maxfield, a daughter of President Russell M. Nelson, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Norman and Wendy Nelson Maxfield family. Sister Maxfield, daughter of President Russell M. Nelson, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.