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Nellie Barnes Anslow

February 15, 1927 - November 23, 2009
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A Loving Tribute to Nellie Barnes Anslow Nellie Anslow was born Nellie Kathryn Barnes to Charles and Mary Barnes of Onancock, Va.  Nellie is a descendent of Pocahontas, who was a friend of Capt. John Smith, and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the "Star-Spangled Banner", our national anthem. Nellie grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Maryland.   As a child, Nellie loved to explore and travel.  At the age of four, Nellie and her sister May decided to take a stroll that resulted in a police search for the girls. May was found blocks from home and Nellie was found by a patrolman two miles from...
A Loving Tribute to Nellie Barnes Anslow

Nellie Anslow was born Nellie Kathryn Barnes to Charles and Mary Barnes of Onancock, Va.  Nellie is a descendent of Pocahontas, who was a friend of Capt. John Smith, and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the "Star-Spangled Banner", our national anthem. Nellie grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Maryland.
 
As a child, Nellie loved to explore and travel.  At the age of four, Nellie and her sister May decided to take a stroll that resulted in a police search for the girls. May was found blocks from home and Nellie was found by a patrolman two miles from home.  After a rest and refreshments at the police station she was returned to her mother. This adventurous spirit stayed with her all of her life.
 
In 1948 Nellie married Wilbur Bonniwell and they had two children, John Warren and Robin.  In 1958 they moved to Pompano Beach, Florida, following the rest of the Barnes Family.  After Wilbur took a job with Pan Am, they moved back and forth between Pompano and Grand Bahama Island, where Wilbur worked at the Missile Tracking Station. Those were the good old days-swimming, fishing, water-skiing and walking on the beautiful Bahamian beaches.
 
After 24 years of marriage, Nellie and Wilbur divorced.  Nellie took on the challenge of being a single mother. She worked in customer service at Boca Raton Cleaners and Laundry for over 10 years.  She helped put Robin through college and babysat for Warren and his wife, Laurie. During this time Nellie made several trips to Virginia and Maryland with her parents, with whom she was very close. Her family meant the world to her.
 
Nellie started a new chapter in her life when she met Dave Anslow, and they married in 1983.  They were a perfect match. They both loved fishing, camping and clamming.  They moved to Sebastian, Florida for a while but returned to Pompano Beach to be with their families.  Nellie was very artistic, loved to paint, and was skilled at decorating. Attending garage sales was one of her many interesting activities. Nothing made her happier than being behind the wheel of her car! 

Nellie was known as Granny to her four grandchildren, J.W., Jennifer, Kelley, Cody and one great-granddaughter, Caitlyn. She spoiled them, as all grandparents do.  She loved teaching them how to swim and fish and told them stories of their heritage.  By her example, she showed each one of them how to be a good and true person.
 
After Dave's passing in 2003, Nellie moved to St Elizabeth Gardens in Pompano Beach. She loved living there and had many friends. They were her family and they helped Nellie and looked out for her.  She loved them all. Daughters Robin and Laurie wish to thank her friends at St. Elizabeth's for their help and support, especially Simon, Father Pat, her best friend Sarah, Sister Mary Magdalene, Eileen, John, Ray, Berta, Millie, Sandy, May and Bernadette. We love you!

Nellie's enduring legacy will be her love of family and friends , her zest for life, and her playful sense of humor.

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