On Saturday, Sept. 1, Nellie Sue (Dias) Lightfoot passed away peacefully surrounded by her family under the wonderful care of Hospice of Citrus County.
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Nellie Sue was born March 13, 1942, to Blanche (Strickland) and Marvin Dias in Brooksville, Fla. She graduated from Citrus High School in 1960, and attended Central Florida Community College and Georgia Southern College, graduating with a degree in Education. Nellie Sue had been married to Bill Lightfoot for 45 years. They were married by Mr. Roger Weaver in Old Homosassa at the 1st Baptist Church on June 15, 1968. After marrying Bill, they spent two years in San Diego, Calif., while Bill was in the Navy. After his deployment to Vietnam, they moved back to Citrus County, where they made their home. Nellie Sue spent 34 years in education teaching at Homosassa Elementary School.
Nellie Sue has two children, Marlon (Michael) and William; two grandchildren, Jillian and Meghan; one brother, Joe Dias and his wife, Sonia Gay; two nephews, Michael Dias and Lonnie Sears (BobbiJo), and one niece, Mandy Murphree (Ricky); three great-nieces, and three great-nephews. Nellie Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Marvin; her sister, Linda Sears; and many aunts and uncles.
Nellie Sue was a member of Gulf to Lake Baptist Church in Crystal River; she was the most devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother ("NeNe"). The things she loved most in life were her family, spending time reading, traveling with Bill, and spending time with her dearest friends.
Visitation for Nellie Sue will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Gulf to Lake Baptist Church, with services starting at 4 p.m. Burial will follow with graveside services at Stage Stand Cemetery in Homosassa. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory in charge of arrangements. Flowers or donations to Hospice of Citrus County will be appreciated.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2012