Nellie Mae Wilson, 94, Calgary native was active volunteer in Virginia Beach area is your source for free local news and information in Virginia Beach

Nellie Mae Wilson, 94, passed peacefully on Aug. 2, 2016, at Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach, Va.

Nellie was born June 2, 1922, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She was the youngest of six children. Nellie became a naturalized U.S. citizen after marrying “Jack,” and she was very proud of her citizenship.

Nellie’s love of ice hockey never wavered after leaving Canada. She played ice hockey in Canada as a kid, but adapted to Virginia living by enjoying the beach and the ability to grow beautiful flowers. Nellie always was on the go, but spent many hours relaxing by becoming an accomplished seamstress. Even during her retail career at Pembroke Mall’s women’s specialty shops, she always made time for family and volunteer work. Giving her talents to Girl Scouts of America for 15 years as a leader and day camp director was always a joy for her. Her outgoing personality was greatly appreciated while volunteering at Boone Clinic for many years. Every organization Nellie helped was deeply grateful for her time, dedication and fun-loving way.

Nellie made friends easily, but she was able to make close friends by becoming a “walker” with other seniors who gathered at Pembroke Mall early in the morning. There was no holding Nellie back. Nellie not only was fast walker, but walked a mile every time; then it was time for friends and coffee.

Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. “Jack” Wilson.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra L. Wilson.

A funeral service will be at noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Va.

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