Florida’s oldest practicing nurse and Wewa treasure turns 90

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

She is, by nine years, the oldest practicing nurse in Florida, according to research done by Barnes.

“I am not doing anything but putting in my time,” Wade said with the Cheshire smile and gleaming eyes with which she greets every patient.

“My kids are all grown. What else would I do?” she said with a shrug belying the boundless heart beneath.

Therein lays the beauty, the grace of Nellie Ann Wade who came out of the military as a nurse and found her way to the small community of Wewahitchka, where what passed for major thoroughfares were dirt roads.

“She came here out of the military and just fit right in,” said Feraldine Greer. “Her energy level is just phenomenal.”

Since 1946 or so, she has aided a lineage of medical professionals from Wewahitchka, named Anderson, Canning and, for the past 15 years, Barnes, who would attest he remains active in significant part due to Wade.

And through those decades, she has helped “raise” generations, knowing them by name just as they know her, especially for those shots which go in smooth as warm butter.

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