Florida’s oldest practicing nurse and Wewa treasure turns 90

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

“She is a legend,” said Christy Smith, receptionist at Barnes’ office. “Everybody knows her and she knows everybody. First thing when anybody in town feels bad, they call to see Ms. Nellie.

“She’s a go-getter. She knows just what to tell people, how to make them feel better. She’s just Ms. Nellie. She is one of a kind. I tell her all the time when I grow up I want to be like her.”

But as was clear last Saturday, there is really only one Nellie Wade.

As Smith said, “They broke the mold.”

And as the community gathered to feast, enjoy a birthday cake, hand out presents to their nurse, their neighbor, their loved one, they treasured that the mold wasn’t broken until Nellie Ann Wade arrived in Georgia some 90 years ago.

“She has been a blessing to this community over the years,” said one speaker. “She has been a shining spirit for this community.”

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