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 Nelia Shortt Yontz

Nelia Shortt Yontz

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Death 29 Dec 2004 (aged 89)
Burial Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 10192142 · View Source
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"Just call me Nelia", that's how she introduced herself. Nelia Shortt Yontz died Wednesday, December 29, 2004. She was blessed by living in her beloved Virginia Mountains for all of her 89 years. Nelia was a blessing to her family and friends. Her parents: William Lee and Leona Elizabeth (Bettie) Love Shortt welcomed her into this world in Henrytown on September 4, 1915 or as Nelia said "I was born the ninth (9th) month, the fourth day, 1915." Nelia was a loving and beloved daughter and sister. She was blessed with 10 siblings: brothers, Lloyd, Otis, Earl, and Lewis are deceased as are her sisters Blanche, Callie, Anna Lee, and Nellie. Her beloved and loving brothers, John Hobart and Ruth Shortt of Saltville and Glenn and Ethel Shortt of Heflin, Ala. will cherish memories of their loving sister who like them said, "You always know where I stand." Nelia's earliest memory was, "I was walking up these big front steps of a big white house. A grown up was holding my hand. I was just little. I don't know who the grown up was or where the house was. That's all I remember." Nelia's memory was like a clear window to the past. As a young girl in Henrytown, Nelia loved to read and win the spelling bees in school. "I was a good speller and always won the spelling bees" she would say. Her love for reading remained steadfast throughout her 89 years. She loved current local and world news, biographies, old cowboy tales. Poetry and "anything about nature." In her words, "anybody who looks around here can see what I do all the time. I read anything I can get my hands on." Her favorite poet was Robert Frost who wrote her favorite poem, "Swinger of Birches". I always wanted to be a swinger of birches, she said. Can't you just see them touching the ground?" She transplanted a birch tree sapling from the mountains to her backyard where it grew up to be beautiful. This past summer she consented to let her neighbor prune it "but just a little, don't cut too much," and then she told the story again about how her favorite kind of tree came to her backyard. While growing up she longed to own a horse. "I always wanted a horse. I always wanted to ride and feel the wind in my hair." Nelia never got the horse, but the years that followed gave her many, many days of "wind in my hair." She was an outdoor mountain woman. She told of how pretty Henrytown was and how, "it was laid out in blocks." She said "everybody used to sit on the front porch at night in the summer time". "We used to sit out there at night and sing and sing." Her love of singing stayed with her. Just a month ago she sat on the side on the bed and sang for 1½ hours, entertaining the nurses. She sang, This Gospel Train, I'll Fly Away, Satin Sheets, I'm So Lonesome I Could Die and The Horsey Song among others. In earlier days she played the guitar. "I just chord a little" she'd say. Nelia grew into a beautiful blonde young woman who met and fell in love with a tall, handsome, smiling, loving man named Garland Thomas Yontz. They married and were blessed with seven healthy children - five (5) boys and two (2) girls; 11 grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren followed. Nelia loved her family. Loving and caring for them was her life. She and Garland raised the children in a Christian home. As a young mother, Nelia accepted Christ as her Savior. She was in her kitchen at the kitchen table in Henrytown when her brother-in-law witnessed to her. That began her life of living for Christ. She was a charter member of the Plasterco Church of God where she worked diligently with the womens group - The Willing Workers. Nelia ran a tight ship at home where every child got a good switching when needed. She made sure the children, clothes and house were spotless. She canned food for winter, prepared good nutritious meals and kept the house warm for her husband and children. She was a devoted wife and mother. SShe sacrificed daily and was happy to do so. Nelia loved nature. She loved to fish - trout fishespecially. She maintained her gear and was always ready to go anywhere. "You've never lived until you're on a trout stream before daylight and watch that sun come up" she'd say. She fished with Garland for years until his death in 1969. After she lost him, she learned to drive and began adventures on her own. She rode the backwoods, mountain roads, and river roads before and after dark. She mostly fished alone. The best holes, slickest rocks and most appropriate baits were always known by Nelia. She honored and respected the lands and waters she was so blessed to use. Sometimes she just listened to the water going over the rocks. Sometimes she would say, "Ssh, be quiet a minute and listen to the wind whisper through the trees." If you knew Nelia, you know the quiet didn't last long. She loved to talk and enjoyed lively conversation. Nelia was always an explorer of life, an adventurer way before her times. Nelia saw beauty in the tiniest weed, the most deformed drift wood, the darkest cloud. Nelia was a woman who tried "to do the right thing", said "right is right", "fair is fair." If you were a friend of Nelia's you know she was your friend for life, no matter what. She loved you. Many nieces and nephews who loved and were loved by Aunt Nelia will cherish her memory. I


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  • Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 30 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10192142
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nelia Shortt Yontz (4 Sep 1915–29 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10192142, citing Mount Rose Cemetery, Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Laurie (contributor 2811407) .