Jeanne Ann Nelles (1950 - 2017)

  • "Kind, caring, and special. An asset to the nursing..."
    - Kathi Potter
  • "Dear Mark and family, Jeanne was a special friend to me...."
    - Joe Marian Dermot Gillian Brian Darragh McNamara
  • "Dear Mark, Ron and Donovan, I remember and celebrate the..."
    - Craig Blakeslee
  • "Dear Mark and family, Thank you so much for providing the..."
    - Nell Davis
  • "I met Jeanne when I was about 8 years old, shortly before..."
    - Andrea Fahr (formerly Blakeslee)

Jeanne Ann Nelles passed peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017, after a long, inspiring and courageous struggle with cancer. Throughout her illness, as she has her entire life, she embraced everything with love in her heart and determination of spirit.
Jeanne was born in Lovell, Wyo., to Winifred and Herbert Bond. She had one older sister, Cathi Lowery. Her family was very close and enjoyed the great outdoors of Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. Jeanne attended Nursing School at Alaska Methodist University. For over 40 years, she worked in Alaska and Washington, providing excellent care to the people she served. Her co-workers fondly remember Jeanne as being a caring, dedicated, hard working, knowledgeable and fun loving health care professional.
Jeanne was blessed with two sons, Ronald Horton and Donovan Blakeslee (wife, Rebecca); and her granddaughter, Cheyenne Blakeslee. She loved her sons dearly and was overjoyed by having been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter. Jeanne was a passionate and dedicated mother and grandmother, always doing her best to help her family grow and thrive. Jeanne met her husband, Mark, in 1987, in Anchorage, Alaska, where they both worked at a local hospital. They married in 1990, and had nearly 30 years of enjoying each other as they loved, danced, traveled, fished, rode snowmachines and just lived this beautiful life.
Jeanne always loved animals, especially horses. She and her husband rode Cisco and Jake along the Anchorage Hillside and later on many trails in Washington. Her favorite rides were in the surf on the beaches of Oregon and Washington.
Jeanne had a large extended family that deeply enriched her life. She enjoyed her many aunts and uncles and cousins and would revel in countless tales of her large and colorful family. Jeanne lived life to the fullest. She loved and laughed. We see her now with those that have gone before her in the peace and warmth of God's Love.
Mass services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Holy Spirit Center at O'Malley and Hillside Drive in Anchorage. A reception will be held nearby.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 25 to June 26, 2017