Wilda White Nelson
July 3, 1929 – December 2, 2011
Wilda Waddell White Nelson passed away December 2, 2011. She was born in Beckley, WV in 1929, the daughter of the late Jerry and Irene Redden Waddell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Siegel N. White. Following his death, she and Wharton Nelson were married until his death in 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Joan White Starnes (Stan), her grandchildren, John Gordon Thompson, Jr. (Garner), Amanda Starnes Welden (Joseph), and William Stancil Starnes, Jr. (Stefanie), and by her great grandchildren, Whatley and Liza Thompson, and Ward and Graham Welden. She is also survived by Michael White and his family of Middleburg, FL, her sister, JoAnn Waddell Sawyers Lueders, Clearwater, FL and her brother, Stephen Gerald Waddell (Vicki), and several nephews and nieces.
Wilda received her bachelor of science in nursing degree through Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV and Philadelphia General Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She practiced Public Health nursing and Industrial nursing in Florida and North Carolina until her retirement.
Mrs. Nelson will be buried in Beckley, WV next to her late husband, Siegel White. For many years, she was an active parishioner at St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC. The family suggests memorials to St. James in her memory. A private family memorial service will be held at The Cathedral Church of the Advent.
Wilda White Nelson
December 5, 2011
I had so many happy times with Wilda. We would go out to lunch many times, and I had many pretty and delicious meals at their home When I had my shoulder surgery she helped me with rehab most of the days, also she helped me when I had eye surgery. We also had a joke between us about baskets so that whenever one of mentioned it we would just giggle. The little boy sculpture that was hers is by my entrance so everytime I go in and out the door I think of her. With my love, Barbara