Glee Nielsen Pulley Obituary Photo

Glee Nielsen Pulley

Glee Nielsen Pulley, 61, was reunited with her parents, Lynn and Bernice Nielsen, and her brother Troy Nielsen on October 7, 2021.

Glee was born in Logan, Utah on February 28, 1960, the youngest of four children. She told stories of how her brother Jason loved to tease her mercilessly, how he locked her outside in her pajamas in the snow, and how she suffered through the Chinese water torture at his hands. She told stories of how her oldest brother, Dave, made fun of her cooking (“Hungry dogs will eat rags!”). But she also told stories about how Jason carried her home when she crashed her bicycle and couldn’t walk home, how he stood up for her in school, and how he included her in his activities. Glee attended Skyview High School and served a mission in Argentina after graduating. She attended LDS Business College and graduated with an associate’s degree in computer science in 1980.

Glee met Barry in March of 1984 at a single adult dance, and they were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake temple on August 4, 1984. They are the parents of six children.

Glee used her analytical mind as a computer programmer for 10 years until the birth of her fifth child, when she became a stay-at-home mother.  She spent her days helping her children with their homework; taking them on adventures to the park, Science Center, Grant’s Farm, Botanical Garden, and art museum; teaching them life skills like cooking and cleaning; reading them library books; and making sure everything in the house was taken care of. 

Glee was lovingly nicknamed the White Tornado for her tendency to clean things up quickly. She was constantly moving, living, learning, and experiencing. She attended classes on gardening, emergency preparedness, and crafting because she didn’t ever want to stop learning. She loved volunteering: she delivered food for Meals on Wheels, gave manicures at an assisted living facility, helped at the Salvation Army food pantry, kept time at swim meets at the Rec Plex, delivered documents at St. Peters City Hall, mowed a friend’s yard when she couldn’t, worked at the temple, drove people to medical appointments, served in numerous callings in her ward, and jumped in to help whenever she could.

Family was incredibly important to Glee. She and Barry hosted a family dinner every Tuesday night so their children could get together, eat a home-cooked meal, catch up, and play games. She hosted holidays, Sunday dinners, birthday parties, and any excuse to get together. She always made time for her children, whether that was taking them out to lunch, helping them move, assisting with projects, calling to check in, answering adulting questions, or taking them to local attractions.

Glee was a lover of Christmas and snowmen, a competitive player of games (a genetic condition she inherited from her mother and passed on to her children), a hard worker, an enthusiastic creator of birthday quizzes and trivia, a willing servant of others, a fantastic cook, a clean machine, a skilled pianist, an avid reader, an early riser, an eager traveler, a master budgeter, a lover of the outdoors, an adept crafter, a proud mother of six and grandmother of two, a happy host, an accomplished gardener, the perfect Minute to Win It MC, a Hallmark movie aficionado, a reluctant quilter, and a cinnamon bear fiend.

Glee was allergic to staying still, incapable of staying awake during any action/adventure movie, and unwilling to waste any time. She instilled in her children a strong work ethic and a desire to serve others. Selfless to the end, Glee was an organ donor and will help over fifty lives because of her donation.

Glee is survived by her husband, Barry; their six children: Rhet (Kaitlyn), Chelsea, Chase, Hunter (Bre), Elise, and Luke (Jasmine); two grandchildren: Eva and Claire; and two brothers: David (Deb) and Jason (Sherie).

A memorial service was held for her on Friday, October 15, 2021. The recording can be viewed here: 

Glee’s ashes will be interred next to her mother’s ashes in the Newton, Utah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that you spend time participating in activities or events with your loved ones and think of Glee while you’re creating happy memories.

We are forever grateful that you are our Mom. We miss you.


  1. Uncle Frank and aunt Gwen Christiansen on October 11, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Such a beautiful tribute to such a remarkable lady! some day we will understand?? Please know that although we can’t be with you in person, we send our loves, thoughts and prayers for your comfort and reassurance at this time!

  2. Don and Sherry Beasley on October 11, 2021 at 10:22 am

    This lovely lady has been the epitome of selfless service. She was always such a happy spirit. She loved everyone she met. She was competitive. Some years ago, we were providing transportation for the youth to the temple. I set my cruise just a little high and passed her. She would have nothing to do with that. The race was on. We kept it civil and fun to the cheers from the youth. I so appreciated her sweet spirit and endearing example. She will indeed be greatly missed.

  3. Kaleb nielsen on October 11, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Vary well written describes aunt glee perfectly I will miss her

  4. Mary Esmon on October 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

    I did not not know her but I have heard so much of what I just read here. Her son Hunter described her as most of this description. Gone to soon but never forgotten. My prayers to the family as they mourn the beautiful woman , Mother, Wife, Grandmother, sister, friend.
    My deepest condolences!!

    Mary& Sean Esmon

  5. Manuela Goodman on October 11, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    The Lord needs her services in Heaven, I guess. My fondest memories of Glee was in the fall of 2009 when, out of the blue, she called me to let me know that someone had bought a ticket for me to attend the Time Out For Women in St. Charles and that she would be taking me there. It was a much needed reflective and inspirational weekend as I was going through an extremely difficult trial. She helped me to cheer up and forget the negative to focus on the positive that weekend. To this day, I have felt the boost of emotional, spiritual, and physical energies that I had needed. I don’t know who bought me that ticket still, but I had always been grateful for her awareness of my needs and being my angel that weekend.
    May her family always be sustained! She will be dearly missed. Until we meet again, I love you, Glee!

  6. Sue Ryan on October 11, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to this amazing woman. My sympathy to you Barry and the children/grandchildren. I will always remember her bright smile and positive attitude. She will be greatly missed in this world. Love Sue Ryan

  7. Joni Johnson on October 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    We, The Johnson’s , have many wonderful memories of Glee. Seen the fruits of her labor, seen how much she taught ALL 6 of their kids. Her obedient and compassionate service, was truely a wonderful example to her family and those around her…!! She is good hearted soul that ALWAYS had good intentions. Our family is truely saddened for the Pulley family during this time and always, we will keep them close in our thoughts and prayers. She did so much good for soo many, however. Obviously, Heavenly Father is needing her sweet spirit now to assist Him in another calling.
    With our deepest love and prayers,
    The Johnson’s
    Kenny & Joni
    Miranda, Mark, Mitchell ( Makenzie), Maverick and Mikayla

  8. Chrystelle Eddings on October 11, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I do not even know where to Glee will forever be in our hearts especially when we are trying to organize a function or trying to keep everyone on task. Man she was brilliant at this. I’ll always see her at the piano at church . She was such a special lady who made a profound impact on me. I hate that she had to go so soon and my heart breaks for you all. I do know she’s on the otherside helping to organize and get things on track for the savior. I mean who else could do that?! Sending love and prayers for peace during this difficult time.
    Chrystelle Eddings

  9. Piper Lyons-Wade on October 11, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    I always loved the Pulleys! Especially Glee! She was so close with my mom and she was a great example to me! She was always willing to help if u needed anything. She helped with mine and my sisters wedding! Never could of asked for a better spirit! Heaven is blessed to receive such a wonderful woman! I we will miss her and her amazing service! We love you Glee!

  10. Rich & Deann Ontiveros on October 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    We are so very sorry to hear this. Glee was a wonderful person. May the Lord bless the Pulley family in their time of grief.

  11. Sara Darrington on October 11, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    She was truly an amazing woman and she will be missed. We love you, Pulley family! We will be praying for you! Love, Sara Darrington and the boys

  12. Nancy Sparks on October 12, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Words cannot describe the sadness this brings. I am stunned at the news of Glee passing. I just talked with her in the Temple last week. I will always have positive thoughts about Glee. Her family is sincerely in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Glenn W Ingersoll on October 12, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I’m glad you have a wonderful support system. We love you guys. We have fond memories.
    Glenn Ingersoll

  14. Reiko Bartz on October 13, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Barry and His Children,

    I was very much shocked when I heard the news of Glee’s passing. It’s still hard for me to believe that she is not physically here. I have lost a wonderful friend. But I believe that the Heavenly Father called Glee back because she was needed in the next world. I will miss her immensely but I love her forever as her friend.

    May God bless you and comfort you all in this difficult time.

  15. Linda Bashaw Pedersen on October 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Glee’s passing. I cannot think of anyone who lived the Gospel better than Glee. She was such an example of Christ-like love. She also was a great teacher. I learned from her what it really meant to keep the Sabbath day holy. I will always remember her as an outstanding LDS woman. She was truly a blessing to so many. My love and condolences to you, Barry and family. The Lord took her because she was perfect!

  16. Lito Meneses on October 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    My condolence and prayers to Barry and family.

  17. Becca and Dallin Quinn on October 16, 2021 at 8:50 am

    We are so sad to hear of Glee’s passing. She was such a special lady. I loved learning cooking tips from her and serving at the temple with her. She will be missed! We will be praying for the Pulley family.

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