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Nelda Jean Firestone Austin
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Birth: Jan. 30, 1936
Curry County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 2011
Curry County
New Mexico, USA

A beloved member of the community of Melrose was called home to be with her Lord on July 8, 2011. She was reunited with her husband, Bobby, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was born January 30, 1936, to Uthel and Opal Firestone in Melrose, and married Bob on May 8, 1953.

Nelda was a lifetime member of the Melrose community serving in her own unique way. She owned and operated a hamburger and candy store across from the Melrose School for thirty years; helping her mother many years before. It was commonly called "The School Store". She fed thousands of children and adults the best "Nelda Burgers" around.
She was a member of the Melrose Church of Christ when she obeyed the gospel July 18, 1948 and never wavered in her faith. Her life's joy and contentment were her three sons. She was an avid supporter of them throughout their school years here in Melrose and that support continued on for all the kids until her death. In the heart of the Melrose School District, she will always be a proud "Buffalo". Her sweet smile and cheerful nature were something she gave freely lifting the spirits of those around her.

Nelda is survived by her three sons and their spouses, Dan (Mary) Austin of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Kenny (Lori) Austin of Friona, Texas, and Randy (Cristi) Austin of Cedar City, Utah. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Thomas, Erin and Laci; and her sister, Janette (Jerry) Collins of Bride Creek, Oklahoma.

Her oldest grandson Daniel preceded her in death in 2004. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Uthel and Opal as well as her brothers, Jackie, U.G. and Joe.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Melrose Church of Christ with Otho Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Melrose Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy Firestone, Ronnie Firestone, Paul Burrow, Thomas Austin, Daniel Aguilar, and Donnie Collins.

Memorials can be made to the Christian Children's Home, 1356 Hwy 236, Portales, New Mexico 88130. Arrangements by Steed-Todd Funeral Home, 800 E. Manana, Clovis, New Mexico 88101, (575)763-5541. Visit to sign the online guestbook.
Family links: 
  Christopher Uthel Firestone (1901 - 1987)
  Lillian Opal McDaniel Firestone (1904 - 1975)
  Bobby H Austin (1934 - 2001)
  Uthel Gaston Firestone (1926 - 1970)*
  Jackie Dean Firestone (1930 - 1951)*
  Joe Waylon Firestone (1934 - 2001)*
  Nelda Jean Firestone Austin (1936 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Cemetery
Curry County
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Every Person Counts
Originally Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Jul 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73129684
Nelda Jean <i>Firestone</i> Austin
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Nelda Jean <i>Firestone</i> Austin
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Nelda Jean <i>Firestone</i> Austin
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Happy Birthday sweet Nelda
- Every Person Counts
 Added: Jan. 30, 2015

- Every Person Counts
 Added: Dec. 25, 2014
Thinking about you today and missing your wonderful smile. Hugs....
- Jackie 'Cristal'
 Added: Jan. 30, 2013
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