Helene Rivia Nail

July 26, 1946May 29, 2018

Helene Rivia Nail was born on July 26, 1946 and passed away on May 29, 2018


Helene Rivia Nail

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Kellie Nail

July 27, 2018

Helene R. Nail of Cartersville, Georgia passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Mom was born in Brooklyn, New York City and grew up in Miami, Florida.

Mom truly lived her life; she cherished memories of going to Dolphin’s games with her dad, and often mentioned swimming with the manatees in the wild as a kid. She loved old country music and dancing; couldn’t get enough Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, and Hank Williams Sr. with a little Barbra Mandrell to boot. Being born in Brooklyn, and raised in Miami, she had a deep love of the South, and Southern cooking… so it’s no wonder that after moving to Georgia she quickly took up gardening and grew the most beautiful roses, and of course, tomatoes.

She loved seeing people smile. Her wit and sense of humor could cheer the weariest of hearts. She took great joy in throwing Christmas and birthday parties that included the families of the people that helped her business become the success it was and for the new people that came into her life and spent time with her after the car accident.

Mom worked as hard as she loved and she was talented. She founded and ran a thriving company for many years. She inspired me more than she ever knew…sharing most of her success with charities for children and animals. Always there for those in need, always being of service to her community, and always there for me. She remains the most generous and giving spirit I know.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
-Mother Teresa

Aside from her beloved dogs, mom cherished her mother, father, and grandparents and spoke of them often with deep affection. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what an incredibly special relationship we shared; words cannot express how deeply I love her, and how deeply I miss her.

My mother Helene is survived by me, her only daughter, Kellie Nail; her only sister, a niece, two nephews and beloved cousins.

Kerry Griffin

July 12, 2018

There are many words that can be used to describe Helene Nail. She was our friend, family and confidant. She was more than just a friend to us. She was like family. Family is always there when needed and that is what can be said about Helene. Her home was always open. She shared many times with Christmas parties and Birthday parties and just because parties. She had a big heart and shared so much with others. Many times Helene gave to people she didn't know like the Battered women's Shelter. She always put herself out for the good of others. Helene had a great love for animals. Her dogs are what made her happy. Animals have a way of showing us God's love. She followed in those steps by showing God's love everyday. Something as simple as remembering birthday's for the kids and anniversaries for the adults. She was always there to pick us up when we were down. Her happiness was based upon making those around her happy. She didn't know a stranger and was always willing to share with others. She will be missed by many and not a day will go by that she is not thought of. Heaven gained an angel.


June 19, 2018

I did not know her very well except through my daughter Jennifer and my grandchildren. As a boss lady I know she went above and beyond for all of her employees. She love to take care of all of the families at Christmas and other times and she was very generous and helpful in their times of need. I am very sorry for those closest to her, loss. My granddaughter Sunshine just told me shortly before her passing that she loved Helene, and she loved for her to read to her.

Deborah Ginsberg-Ramsey

June 18, 2018

My Auntie Helenie was the best! I always wanted to be with her when I was a kid, she was so much fun!

She loved to shop! I believe she is responsible for my shoe addiction.

She took me to the airport for my first trip on an airplane. Made me feel safe when I was nervous.

She loved Jewish delicatessen‘s. She would take me to get my favorite black and white cookies, while she would get a bagel with chopped liver. I always told her that was yucky, but she loved it.

When I was a teenager I tried to run away and go live with her. Although she turned me in, probably didn’t want to have to raise me and Kellie... or maybe it’s because I had boys with me! LOL

Aunt Helene was fun spirited and very giving.

I’m going to miss her dearly, I’m happy that she’s in heaven with her mom and dad who she loves more than life itself.

Valynda Freeman

June 14, 2018

Helene was the most thoughtful and generous person I’ve ever met. I’m blessed that she was my friend. She was funny, and always spoke her mind, but she was always thinking of others.

~Helene, I love you and I’m going to miss you! I hope you’ll keep on shining and watching over those you love, and let them feel your warmth and comfort when they’re missing you the most. Safe travels beautiful angel~

Kim Trejo

June 13, 2018

I have written and rewritten this a million times! I met Helene when I was 15, worked for her for 17 years! She was an amazing lady! She was a great listener, helped anyone any way she could. She had a huge heart! I loved her more than life. She was always there when someone needed her and she had a great love for animals! I miss not being able to pick up the phone and call her as she always had a way with words! I love you lady, rest easy until we meet again! You will never be forgotten!

Jennifer Millwood

June 7, 2018

Helene has been a huge part of my life for the last 12 years. She began as my employer, then became one of my closest friends, and in the end she was family. No matter what i was going through she was always there for me and my family. I never imagined how much i would miss all of her questions. Till we meet again boss lady. I 💘 you and will miss you dearly.