Nelba J. Yaden
1930 - 2021
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Nelba J. Yaden

Nelba J. Yaden, 90, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2021 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Howell Scott officiating.

Nelba J. Yaden was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Walter and Nannie Etta Browning Jennings on April 21, 1930. She grew up at Buckner Orphans' Home near Dallas, TX. Nelba moved to Carlsbad in 1957. She and Daniel Yaden were married November 5, 1959 and resided in Carlsbad, NM.

Nelba dedicated her life to caring for others, and always with a smile on her face. She truly lived and believed that "helping others is what life is all about." Nelba was a full-time mother, devoted Nana and loved by so many in the community. She worked for St. Francis Hospital before working for Guadalupe Medical Center where she worked for 35 years in the admissions department. She always found time to see to the needs of others as well as those of her seven children. In 1978 she was the national Dr. Frist Humanitarian award winner and presented the award at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. She was selected out of 36,000 employees in 113 HCA hospitals throughout the nation because of her extraordinary care, compassion, and kindness toward others. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband; three brothers; four sisters; two son-in-laws; one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

Nelba is survived by son Daniel and wife, Sandra Yaden of London, KY; daughters Sharon Yaden and Tamara Lusardi of Gurley, AL; Stephanie (Frans) Voorstad of Las Cruces, NM; Terri (Derek) Phelps of Lexington, KY; Edwana Overman of New Home, TX; Norma Yaden of Albuquerque, NM; and Elaine Blunt of Nashville, TN; and brother, Henry Jennings of Bel Air, MD; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

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Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.
Memorial service
02:00 PM
First Baptist Church
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February 27, 2021
Nelba was truly one of the best people I’ve known. She taught me so much working with her. She was compassionate, always helping patients and families, as well as co-workers in need. She didn’t have a lot but she shared what she had when someone was in need. She was a wonderful friend and I loved that woman.
I am sorry I cannot pay my respects at her service due to health, but my condolences are with her family. She was one special lady.
Patricia Dunbar Venegas
February 23, 2021
What a kind loving woman, with a quiet strength. Praying for peace & blessings for all who loved her as she loved them. Elaine ❤ you
Tracy Gibbs
February 23, 2021
A Saint and Angel on Earth and Evan.
Buddy Rice and Family
February 20, 2021
Nelba was my best friend and neighbor. She taught everyone she knew how to be the best that they could be. She was one of a kind and will be missed so much. She raised a wonderful family and taught them well to have the same traits that made everyone love her.
Marion Briggs
February 20, 2021
Nelba taught all who knew her how to care and help others and she never expected anything in return. What a great gift to all of us who were lucky enough to know and love her.
Marion Briggs
February 20, 2021
Elaine, I don't know if you remember me this is Andi Parraz just wanted to let you know I'm sorry to here of your mother passing 90 years what a blessing God bless her soul and my prayer for you and your family.
Andrea L Parraz
February 20, 2021
Dear Nelba Family - Fond memories of a very special friend. Wish I could be there to see all of you and to honor her life that served so many. We love her very much and are grateful for all she did for our family. Carol Rice Ohlin
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