Barbara P. Nelson of Upper Black Eddy, PA died at her residence on Monday, November 30, 2020. She was 71.
Born in Des Moines, IA to the late Richard and Helen (Neil) Pound, Barbara spent most of her youth in Plainview, NY and resided in numerous locations before moving permanently to Upper Black Eddy in 1997. Her current residence in Pennsylvania was originally purchased in 1980, and she and her husband Rick kept it while living in the Greater Washington, DC area until they could return. They spent the following years renovating the original home, erecting a separate barn/garage, and eventually purchased and renovated an additional home on the property, now the residence of her daughter and son-in-law.
Barbara received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Albany State University in NY and was later employed as a medical technologist working in physician offices and hospitals throughout her career. Her interests beyond caring for her family and their multiple Golden Retriever dogs focused on fitness, photography, travel (including among others China, Mongolia, Ukraine, Europe, Egypt, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and most of Europe) and DIY home improvement projects. She is known within her family as a consummate craftsman and decorator who developed her skills on her own, following in the footsteps of her mechanical engineer father. Barbara’s kindness, humble demeanor and consideration for others truly made her well-loved within her far-flung extended family and friends. Her bravery and fortitude in beating back breast cancer twice over nearly 40 years until she finally succumbed was a testament to her indominable will and spirit.
She was the beloved wife of 51 years to Richard “Rick” Nelson; devoted mother of Carrie Nelson and husband Jeremiah Schalberg, and Jeremy Nelson and wife Miyako Hotta; dear sister of Larry Pound and wife Sharon; loving aunt of Lena Pound and Rebecca and Kristen Zisk.
Cremation services were private under the direction of the Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home/Central Bucks Crematory, 344 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Wildlife Center Friends, PO Box 161, Titusville, NJ 08560, (http://www.wildlifecenterfriends.org) would be appreciated.
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