Barbara Lois Nelson, born Feb. 12, 1942, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at age 71 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Waltham, Mass., to Vera Isabelle (Chesley) and Frederick Edward Daniels.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Phyllis Loraine (Daniels) Whitney, and husbands Ernest R. Bearor and Gerhard Erwin Bruno Nickel.
Barbara is survived by her loving, caring, patient husband of 10 years, Thomas Eugene Nelson; her sister, Jean Elaine (Daniels) Williams of North Andover, Mass.; her nieces and nephews, Wendie Lorraine Whitney-DePrisco, Debra Ann (Whitney) Zingone, Marc Daniels Whitney, Heather Atwell (Whitney) Diaz, Richard Eldon McElhiney, Eldon Edgar McElhiney IV, Lynne Marie (McElhiney) Donnelly and Steven Lawrence McElhiney; and a number of grandnieces and grandnephews.
Barbara was a photographic model for magazine covers, product ads and department stores as a young adult. She worked as an electronics technician for RCA and others early in life.
Barbara especially enjoyed the outdoors. Her favorite activities were blue water sailing, worldwide travel and skiing. She enjoyed time spent with her large dogs, particularly with her Great Danes. She was always proud of the paintings that she did. Barbara, with her bright smile, quick wit and unique hats, was a joy to everyone around her.
Appreciation must go to the staff at North Okaloosa Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, Gentiva Home Health Care and Emerald Coast Hospice for the loving care she received over her last few months.
Barbara will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered by her friends and relatives over the waters that she loved. Local and Boston area memorial services will be announced.
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