Nellie Rowena Elliott passed peacefully away on February 10, 2019, surrounded by family and friends, and wrapped in the arms of all of her children. Nellie was born on September 6, 1946, in Cottlesville, Newfoundland. She is survived by her daughter Gloria Elliott, sons Christopher Elliott (Nancy) and Peter Elliott, daughter Heather Brown (Wade), and eight grandchildren: Cody, Jonathon, William, Paige, Dylan, Jesse, Thomas, and Sammy. She is also survived by her sisters Doris King, Wanda Earle (Wayne), and Verlie Canning (Dan), and her brothers Wayne King (Louise) and Graham King. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 44 years, Leo Elliott, her brother Lawrence King, and her parents Arthur and Mabel King.
Nellie was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and a devoted community citizen. At a very young age, Nellie went away from home to work, which included spending some time employed at the Glenbrook Home in St. John’s. She later returned to support the King family business, which she did throughout her lifetime. She married Leo in 1970, raised four children, and enjoyed her later years travelling to visit her kids and many grandchildren.
Nellie had a strong sense of service, giving her time and endless energy to many organizations throughout her lifetime. She was a devoted and faithful member of her Church. She taught Sunday School for a number of years. She was also a long-serving member of the Board of Management and was Treasurer of the Summerford United Church until her illness prevented it. Even after her children were no longer in the school system, she continued to support the preschool and breakfast at school programs. She also knit hundreds of hats for the Janeway Children’s Hospital.
Her hobbies included quilting, knitting, reading, baking, jigsaw puzzles, and walking with friends (she was a fast walker!). She was also a nature lover, enjoying flowers and birds, and the peacefulness of time spent at the cabin. After Leo’s passing she very much enjoyed the memories evoked by butterfly sightings.
Though she was always small in stature, Nellie had a quiet strength that all those close to her came to rely upon daily. She fought fearlessly against leukemia and then the medical complications of a stem cell transplant, surviving and thriving against many impossible odds. Throughout her life and up until her final hours, she always put others before herself. She will be dearly missed by all those who came to rely upon her wise counsel and calm nature. She faced her final days fearlessly, at peace with her Lord.
Services will be at the United Church in Summerford, NL at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Visitation will be at the New World Island Funeral Home from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Flowers can be sent to the New World Island Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the Daffodil Place, in support of others that are also bravely fighting Cancer.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Nellie Elliott September 6 1946 February 10 2019 (age 72)..