Barbara Nelson

Barbara Ann Nelson, 71

Barbara Ann Nelson, 71, of Greenfield, died Aug. 30, 2013, at Hancock Regional Hospital Transitional Hospice. She was born in Lafayette, Ind. on Dec. 31. 1941, to the late Rose Katherine (Weiler) Nelson and Charles Walter Nelson.

Barb graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1959 and from Purdue University.

She served as a pharmacist in Lafayette before becoming a consultant for the Hooks Drug Company.

Barb received many honors for her professional and humanitarian achievements. These included being one of ten outstanding young women of America in 1976, a Sagamore of the Wabash, a distinguished alumna of the Purdue Pharmacy School and President of the Indiana Pharmacy Board and the Indiana Pharmaceutical Association, the first woman to hold those offices.

She was an elder, at Geist Christian Church of Indianapolis. Her memberships included the Hook's Foundation Board, Altrusa International, Hooks Old Fashioned Drug Store, and other charities. She was an avid Purdue supporter.

Survivors include her sister, Rosalie Richardson; nephew, Robert (Valerie) Richardson; niece, Diana Richardson (Brent) Shepler; great-nieces and great-nephews, Carson and Julianna Richardson and Maverick Shepler.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Geist Christian Church.

If desired, donations may be given to Geist Christian Church, Week of Compassion Fund, , Purdue University School of Pharmacy, Altrusa or Transitions Hospice of Hancock Regional Hospital.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2013