Florida’s oldest practicing nurse and Wewa treasure turns 90

Nellie Wade

Somehow more than 100 residents of Wewahitchka surprised Nellie Wade for her birthday party. Wade was under the impression she was headed to Bay County to shop until the car she was riding in entered the First Baptist Church parking lot.

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM.

One longtime patient of nurse Nellie Wade said Wade had seen more backsides than most anyone in Wewahitchka.

Wade basked in smiling faces last Saturday as the community gathered at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall to provide a healthy Happy Birthday to a woman who has helped keep them healthy for decades.

Since the end of the Second World War and Harry Truman was President.

Wade turned 90 this year, one week prior to last Saturday’s celebration.

And she continues to show up for work every day, treating the patients of Dr. Michael Barnes, one of the last family physicians in the area.

She does the weighing, the blood pressure checks, the checking of temperature and gauges what brings each patient in that day.

And as another patient put it, she gives good shots.



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