Ena Elizabeth Gibson Nelson
Mrs. Ena Elizabeth Gibson Nelson, 111, died Thursday morning, Jan. 18, 2018) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
Ena Nelson was born Sept. 23, 1906. She was the daughter of the late Henry Gilbert Gibson and Elizabeth Lee Gibson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stafford U. Nelson; one brother, Henry R. Gibson and one sister Anna G. Turner; and nine half-siblings, Horace Gilbert Gibson, John Daniel Gibson, Charles Ellis Gibson, Bessie Leigh Gibson, Harry Jackson Gibson, Lillie Irene Gibson, William Elvie Gibson, Noah Madison Gibson and Mattie Julia Gibson.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Jeannine Davis, who took care of her for many years. Although she never had children of her own, she was loved by many and a surrogate mother to anyone who would let her.
She attended Valdosta College for two years in the 1920s, granting her the right to teach. She taught for many years, including three schools in Charlton County (Uptonville, Moniac and Sardis).
During her younger years (70s and 80s) she was known for her beautiful handmade quilts, which she gave to her family. Altogether she made 27 quilts and 239 pillows.
Following the death of her husband, she lived with her sister, Anna Turner, for 22 years. Both she and Anna moved together to Baptist Village when she was 104.
The family will forever be grateful for the seven years of wonderful care she received at Baptist Village. It was truly a blessing to experience the outpouring of love from the staff the morning of her death.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018) at High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church. Burial followed in Nathalene Cemetery in Hilliard, Fla. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.