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Nancy Gribble Nelson Nancy Gribble Nelson, 92, died peacefully on February 3, 2012. She was born May 12, 1919, in Dallas, to Dr. Robert F. and Joyce Hudson Gribble, but grew up in Austin on the campus of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where her father was a professor. She graduated from Austin High School. After one year at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Nancy completed her degree at UT (Phi Beta Kappa). She was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church in Austin where she was an elder, served on the mission committee, was active in women's study groups, and tended a garden plot on the church grounds. Nancy will be remembered as a generous and loyal friend, a diligent worker for the various churches to which she belonged, and as a gracious hostess in her home and the seminary communities where she and her husband, The Rev. Dr. C. Ellis Nelson, lived. These included Austin Seminary, Union Seminary (NYC), Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her absolute faith and trust in God was reflected in her daily life. Nancy possessed an incredible strength of character, patience, honesty, and above all, loyalty to her husband and family. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed using native plants at their home in Austin; she was a bibliophile from early childhood and loved the written and spoken word; and she loved music and singing. Nancy was gracious, always had a kind word to say, was a good listener, and never hesitated to offer assistance to anyone who might need it. She loved life and found joy in everything around her; she was an inspiration to all who knew her. Nancy is survived by her son, Ellis Stark Nelson (Veronica) of Cary, NC, and her daughter, Karin Nelson McAnlis (John) of Pennington, NJ; grandchildren Brian Nelson of Rolesville, NC, Nancy McAnlis of Lakewood, CO, Ian McAnlis (Melissa) of Langhorne, PA, and Carolyn McAnlis of Brisbane, Australia; and by her brother, Dr. Robert F. Gribble of Los Alamos, NM. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, her sister, Elizabeth (Bippy) Cook, and her daughter, Joy Elizabeth Nelson. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731 on Monday, February 20, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Austin Seminary, 100 East 27th Street, Austin, TX 78705, for the Nelson Chair in Christian Education. Her ashes will be interred beside those of her husband in the Memorial Garden of Louisville Seminary in Kentucky.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 12, 2012
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