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Jeanne Ann Nelles

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June 22, 2018
Kind, caring, and special. An asset to the nursing profession...she is missed!
January 01, 2018
Dear Mark and family,
Jeanne was a special friend to me. She was a very strong person, full of life, love and very caring. She was devoted to her family, both immediate and had a special interest in her distant cousins.
We were so lucky to have met and come to know her in the short time she had with us. It was a privelage and a pleasure to have her as a friend.
She will always be in our memories.
Joe, Marian, Dermot, Gillian, Brian, Sharon and Darragh
July 25, 2017
Dear Mark, Ron and Donovan,
I remember and celebrate the loving, kind and sacrificial heart of Jeanne. I am very thankful for Jeanne's love and support as we have been serving as missionaries in Honduras these past 4 years. Her generosity helped support us to be able to buy a used mini-van in order to share Jesus in nearby villages. Through her help, we've also been able to bring food, clothing, and medicine to very poor families in areas near Tegucigalpa.
A prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the life of Jeanne Nelles. She was a beautiful lady who fought a good fight! And we were blessed to have her in our lives. Dear God, please watch over her family and friends, and help them to remember the many wonderful ways Jeanne touched them (us). In the name of Jesus, amen.

God bless you. Craig Blakeslee and Family.
July 25, 2017
Dear Mark and family,

Thank you so much for providing the space for a celebration of Jeanne's life, here in Anchorage.
I met Jeanne and Mark in 1988 at Charter North Hospital. She acted as my preceptor during my last semester in nursing school. Mark was the Social Worker on the adolescent unit and ran the Family Night program. They made learning fun!
After a lot of laughs at Charter, I found myself working with Jeanne again at Southcentral Counseling Center. I loved her laugh and smile, which she gave away freely. Again, I learned a lot from Jeanne and the crew we worked with.
I lost track of Jeanne and Mark over the years, but reconnected with Jeanne a year ago on Facebook, playing a game, of all things.

As I sat in church listening to Mark's words as read by his sister, I looked around. There were three generations of people who loved and knew this woman in her church celebrating her life. I was thankful to be there. As I glanced out the window an eagle soared by. Fly Jeanne, now you are free~>
Much love~
July 24, 2017
I met Jeanne when I was about 8 years old, shortly before she married my dad, George. I don't remember a lot from that long ago (I'm in my 40's now) but I do remember that she was a very kind step-mom, for the short time I had her as mine. One night, she came home late from working at the hospital and I fondly remember her bringing home candy for me and brother to gobble up, while we stayed up late to watch Portland wrestling. How funny that I can actually recall that, but I think I remember such a little thing because it showed how the smallest gesture from one person can be such a large sign of kindness to someone else. I think that concept really captured who Jeanne was.
It reminds me of another time, where most women would have totally freaked out, but not Jeanne. I know some of you have seen that side of her too, but I never did, so I'll have to hear some of those stories from you all another time. For now, it's just the sweet and patient stuff.
When my little brother Donovan was born, I was 10. I liked holding him. He was so cute. Jeanne asked me if I wanted to change his diaper. He wore those cloth diapers that needed pins to hold the sides together. Yes, very old school. Anyway, I went to stick the pin through the diaper and instead I stuck it right into Donovan's little baby leg. (Sorry Dono!) He screamed something fierce but Jeanne just gently took my hand and showed me how to properly put the pin through the cloth, so it was nice and secure. I felt horrible from sticking my little brother but she stayed calm and spoke gently and made me feel so much better. Again, a small gesture of kindness from her, with such a large return on my heart.
I have many other great memories of Jeanne, for another time and another place. For now, I will hold them all closely to my heart, which I know you all will do, too.
To those who were the very closest to Jeanne thank you for loving her so dearly, right up to the end of her admirable fight. I know she left this earth with her heart completely full of your love. Please find peace in that. ~Andrea
July 23, 2017
I'm a little sketchy on the dates but I think I first met Jeanne in 1992 while being interviewed for a job at a residential mental health facility called TLC. Jeanne helped me to fit right in and we quickly became good friends. She sort of adopted me. I think that having experienced being a single mom, she new the struggles, and provided me with support, understanding, reassurance, and love. Often we would meet for a quick cocktail after work before going home and taking care of our families and pets. With the kids, we also had many indoor and outdoor adventures. Jeanne met my group of long-term friends and quickly fit right it. As serendipity prevailed, I married Mark's best friend and we just celebrated 20 amazing years together and added to my clan by welcoming our daughter Helen in 1997. Talk about Devine intervention! All you who knew Jeanne have an understanding of what a special and unique woman she was. There are really no words to capture her essence. She had it all. She was funny, smart, passionate, dedicated, hard working, loving, caring, generous, helpful, fearless, loyal, and I could go on and on. As for me, there have been very few individuals in my life with whom I truly let my hair down; where I could comfortably be me. I can't imagine a world without Jeanne. I can picture her walk, always fast, and I'd have to practically run to keep up with her. I loved how she used endearing terms. I loved how opinionated she was and how much fun I had playfully arguing with her. She was one of my best friends and I sincerely mean BEST. My heart is broken and I will miss her so. I do take comfort in the fact that she is not suffering, is with God, and is now one of my angels. I'm a better person because of Jeanne and I love her very much.
July 21, 2017
Dear Mark and family,

Gratitude. My sadness is dimmed by the warmth of gratitude for having Jeanne in my life. We first met during the early-mid 1990s at the Southcentral Counseling Center. Jeanne was kindness, patience and persistence.

My calling was not adequately fulfilled within the art and practice of medicine. Jeanne helped me find within myself, something deeper, something more fundamental. She encouraged me to become involved in a compassion and care ministry. This began a shift toward a more integrated self and purpose. It continues today. Jeanne, thank you.

Lex
July 20, 2017
Jean was an amazing women who I was blessed to be friends with. Jean and I had many travels and adventures together. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always saw the best in people. I pray for Mark and her sons. She will be missed but never forgotten.
~ Kelly Kogane
July 14, 2017
I started working with Jeanne in Vancouver, WA just a short two years ago. She welcomed me with open arms and we became fast friends. We shared the love of our pets, our families and our Marks. I enjoyed her passion for always improving her own life and the life of those she loved. When I walk the campus and see the little squirrels and rabbits, I always smile at Jeanne's ability to enjoy the small things in life. I hope Mark, her sons and her sweet little Cheyenne find comfort in all the wonderful memories. She is missed!
July 11, 2017
I liked Jean before I ever even met her. I know she was an excellent friend, of which I witnessed the laughter and joy she brought to others. She had a wonderful spirit and I was privileged to get to know her a bit over a fun weekend in Reno. Jean was so happy even being served a drink in a dirty glass couldn't tarnish her attitude. She loved her family deeply, to whom I send my most heartfelt condolences.

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My family Maybe this photo was taken before Dono's diaper was changed?  :)

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