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Nellie Wallace Garner


07/24/1923 - 07/04/2015 Obituary
Nellie Wallace Garner Obituary
Nellie Wallace Garner was born July 24, 1923 to Myrtle and Earnest Wallace in Blountsville, Alabama. At the age of 18 Nellie put herself through Beauty College and started working at her first job in Huntsville Alabama. It was then that she met the love of her life, a welder named Fleetwood Garner. Fleetwood and Nellie were married within a month and traveled around the country with his work. Fleetwood was drafted in 1941 and spent three years in Europe. After returning home from war, Fleetwood and Nellie made their way to Bakersfield, California, Fleetwood and his brother farmed in the Mettler area until he purchased the Union 76 Gas Station in Greenfield, and Nellie worked as a hair dresser for Brocks. Fleetwood and Nellie purchased the Union 76 gas station at the bottom of the Grapevine, and Nellie retired from Brocks and ran the snack bar at the station. The next adventure the Garners embarked upon was the purchase of their own Harness Horses named Super-Man and Super-Nell. They owned many other horses over the years, but Super-Man and Super-Nell were the two real winners, their true pride and joy. In their free time, the Garners enjoyed going to the horse races at the fair-grounds, the occasional trip to Santa Anita, and traveling to Las Vegas with friends. Fleetwood passed away in 1993. After his death Nellie continued the life of traveling and horse racing.
Nellie is survived by her nephew Torrel Wallace Jr., her daughter Bonnie Teeters, and many friends who will miss her dearly.
Services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest on Thursday July 9th, at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of Nellie's life will be held at the Firehouse on White Lane immediately following the services. For condolences please visit:
www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com
Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 8, 2015
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