Nelda Colebank Nash, age 98, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Spring Gardens in Orange Park, Florida.
Nelda Colebank Nash, age 98, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Spring Gardens in Orange Park, Florida. A memorial service will be held on February 4, 2017 at Advent Lutheran Church, Orange Park, FL. Nelda Therese Colebank was born January 25, 1918, in Devils Lake, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Owen and Esther (Wittkoph) Colebank and grew up on her parent's farm, near Lawton, ND, and went to school in Newbre Township for all 12 years. She then took nurses training at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Devils Lake, ND, and became a Registered Nurse April 17, 1943. Following graduation, she worked two years at the Belcourt Indian Hospital, Belcourt, ND, until her husband serving in the U.S Army came home from World War II. Nelda married Wilfred G. Nash (Jinx) August 28, 1945, in Mahnomen, MN. They took over her parents farming operation in the fall of l945. She kept busy helping with the farming, milking cows, raising a large garden every year and raising two active children. She was active in the Hope Lutheran Church at Southam, ND, Grace Lutheran, Lakota, ND, and later a member of St Peters Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, ND. In 1971 she started employment as a Registered Nurse at the Lake Region Nursing home for eight years, retiring in 1979. Leaving the farm, they purchased a home in Devils Lake in 1972. Wilfred passed December 8, 1989. Nelda continued to live in Devils Lake until the age of 92 and then moved to Orange Park, Florida with her daughter, Bette. In March of 2015 she became a resident at Spring Gardens, Orange Park, Florida. Nelda will be greatly missed by her son, Nicholis (Edith) Nash of Puyallup, WA; her daughter Bette (Arlen) Bias of Orange Park, FL; 5 grandchildren, Robert (Lisa) Bias, Heather Bias, Michelle (John)Vander Meer; Steven (Cindy) Nash, Randal Nash; and 2 great grandchildren, Ashlynn Vander Meer and Tyler Vander Meer. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sisters, Lorene (Harvey)Veal and Marguerite Colebank. Interment will be in North Dakota later this year.