Nelle Baum

Nelle Baum

Birth
Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Death 1 Jun 1961 (aged 74)
Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 32036594 · View Source
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Miss Nell Baum's Legacy of Love
By Alma M. Sheppard Gehring

Whenever I think of Miss Nell, I always feel a deep sense of the love of God, patience in suffering, and a love and concern for others. No other name of my many friends brings such emotions as the name, Miss Nell. I first met Miss Nell when I was about eight or ten. She was the Sunday school superintendent of the tiny Methodist Church in Indianola, a small village in the center of a large faming area in central Illinois. She was most urgent in her plea that my brothers, sister and I attend Sunday School. We lived over a mile from town and had no car. It meant walking over gravel roads that were covered with dust in summer, ice in winter. Except for Miss Nell's love for the Lord and for us (which motivated us), I'm sure our attendance would have been sporadic. As often as possible, she would come for us in her car. Always, for the many parties she planned, we could be assured of at least a ride home in her (to us) big beautiful car. I can still see her driving into the barn lot in her dark shiny automobile, giving us a word of love and encouragement as we opened the car door to leave. Always she asked, "See you on Sunday?" How could we not want to go and hear more of God's love when it was so freely given us through Miss nell by word and deed? Tragedy struck Miss Nell and she suddenly found herself paralyzed from the waist down. It was in the first days of spinal blocks for surgery. Miss Nell had appendicitis and a spinal block was used. Something went wrong and she was left unable to walk. Such a small thing as not being able to walk did not deter Miss Nell. No, her love for the Lord seemed to grow with each passing year. She would have someone take her to church or, if unable to go, would listen for hours to the radio, read her Bible and write letters. I grew up, married and moved away from Indianola, but I never lost touch with Miss Nell. At first I would write and when I came home, I would visit her. She always asked about me when any one who knew me visited her. She remembered where I was and what was happening to me. She prayed for me and I know her prayer helped me in many circumstances of which I was unaware; Even after many years, her faith in the goodness of God never failed. Her love for people never grew less. Her spirit never became bitter at being cut down in the prime of her life. I admire her almost more than any Christian I have ever known.The last time I saw Miss Nell, she was old, nearly blind and confined to a hospital bed. But when my husband and I walked into her room, her radio was playing a religious song. She could not see me too clearly, but her hand clasp was firm, full of the same love I had known for many years. Her talk was of me and mine, and her Lord. Nothing was mentioned about her pain or suffering of many years.

Miss Nell is one of those rare jewels of inspiration that come into our lives rarely. When I recently suffered the loss of loved ones, I again thought of Miss Nell and realized that God makes no mistakes. Some day we'll see the whole picture; now we see only a small piece and even that keeps changing as our lives and circumstances change. She is one of God's Gold Stars.


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  • Created by: Robert Jones
  • Added: 8 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32036594
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nelle Baum (29 Jul 1886–1 Jun 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32036594, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Robert Jones (contributor 46993278) .