Nadine Ruth <I>Stein</I> Nelson

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Nadine Ruth Stein Nelson

  • Birth 19 Sep 1922
  • Death Sep 1980
  • Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Block 116 Lot 225
  • Memorial ID 66759441

The daughter of Mary Pauline Harper and Lemuel Theodore Stein, Nadine was the older of two children. When she was a child her mother developed tuberculosis, which was a serious problem in Howell County. The family moved to Colorado in an attempt to save Pauline's life. After prolonged exposure to her mother, Nadine tested positive for tuberculosis, which caused doctors to significantly minimize time she spent with her mother. After Pauline's death, Nadine became the big sister protector of her younger brother, Don. She signed his Navy enlistment papers for him, because he was too young to enlist, and she knew their father wouldn't sign. She also knew her brother would falsify papers to join if she didn't sign.

She married Elton Widdifield and they had 3 children. After their divorce she married George Nelson, a widower with two older children.

She was known as Aunt Denie to her brother's children because they couldn't pronounce Nadine when they were little. Later, as they got older, they tried to call her Aunt Nadine, but she thought it meant they were angry with her, so she was known as Denie to the end of her life. She had beautiful blue eyes and lovely, long fingers with perfectly manicured nails and looked very much like her mother. Aunt Denie worked at Gates Rubber Company in Denver, where her father, step-mother and daughter worked as well.

A life-long smoker, she died of lung cancer, the same disease that would take her father's life one year later.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 66759441
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nadine Ruth Stein Nelson (19 Sep 1922–Sep 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66759441, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by K Townsend (contributor 46805555) .