Nellie Bernice Jacobs is a dear departed friend of ours. We knew her for about 27 years as we all resided in Manhattan KS. We are not certain about when she came to Manhattan, but sometime much earlier than 1958. She was essentially an "institution" in herself as Secretary in the Botany and Plant Pathology at Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University, in 1958. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Sixth and Osage in that year. She touched our lives in both these places until about 1983-84 when she moved to St. Francis KS to be closer to her sister, Anna Steller.
With respect to family history, we do remember that she was born in the Perkins OK area and that she lived in southeastern Kansas until coming to Manhattan.
Would like to proceed by sharing personal memories of Nellie who many of her friends referred to as 'Miss Nellie'; and starting by recording that she was probably the most gentle, humble, loving, caring person that we have known. She was frugal person. With that view, which she shared with many of her generation, she used and/or saved many 'things of this world' that others probably would have discarded. Yet, she very generously shared her resources with others.
Some of our other memories are: 1) she was Secretary in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at KSU where I worked --- she was one of the first people we met in Manhattan; 2) we worshiped with her and the congregation of the Church of Christ here --- Zada recalls that Nellie held her hand in love and welcome a long time the first time they met; 3) she was volunteer Secretary for the congregation here after her retirement; 4) we were at her KSU retirement party in the Student Union --- her friends gave her a new blue coat and luggage with the hope that she might be able to travel; 5) we gardened with her in several different places; usually this consisted mostly of our picking her up and taking her to the garden and then her sharing the produce with us; 6) For some time, she lived with us in our home and her garden was in our backyard; 7) we enjoyed having dinner with her and her sister Anna in St. Francis, as well as some wonderful evenings visiting in Anna's home.
Nellie lived in a nursing home in St. Francis for some time. We took her there after a time when we no longer able to adequately care for her needs. Another couple, who lived in St. Francis, thereafter attended to many of her needs --- as well as attending to Nellie's sister Anna's needs.
Nellie deceased in a Goodland KS hospital in 1985 and Anna followed a very short time later.
We hope to meet again. zadalew Zada and Lewis
Saint Francis Cemetery
Plot: Plot 1, 50
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Originally Created by: Nina Waters-Castillo
Record added: Oct 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60112038
Added: Sep. 23, 2013
Our Love and in our memories, Zada and Lewis Browder.|
Added: Sep. 23, 2012