May 30, 1923 – October 17, 2021
Nelda was born on May 30, 1923 in Mt. Calm, Texas, to Leroy (Roy) Lyon and Oma Rutherford Lyon. She passed away and went to see her Lord and Savior on October 17, 2021.
The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. Visitations will be held Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The family respectfully requests that all guests wear a mask for sightseeing and service.
Nelda was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Oma Lyon; two little sisters; husband, Russell M. Wade; parents-in-law Norris and Mable Wade, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, D. and Elizabeth Burrage.
She is survived by her son, Gregory Wade of Bryan; cousins, Mike and Evelyn Wade from Waco and Donald Rutherford from Topeka, Kansas.
She grew up in two small towns in Texas. The first 13 years of her life were spent at Mt. Calm where she made many lifelong friends and memories. She accepted Christ at the age of 12 at First Baptist Church, Mt. Calm. She remembered many fun times there, when her parents entertained with food and games. She was invited to listen to the city’s first radio station. She practiced her violin, learned tap dancing and sang in the choral club. She loved her life there even though the Great Depression impoverished everyone she barely noticed because everyone was in the same situation and making the most of things with their friends and neighbors.
Her family moved to Coolidge, Texas in 1936, where she graduated from high school and made lifelong friends again. There she meets her future husband, Russell M. Wade. She and Russell had fun dating. Special friends came and spent many nights and weekends with Nelda’s family. Some Wednesday nights the backseat was packed with friends and they went to the movies in a nearby town.
After high school, Nelda went to business school and got a job while Russell worked in Dallas. She married Russell on July 16, 1942, two weeks before Russell entered the service. This was six months before they were reunited in California where Russell served for three years in World War II. Together, but far from home, they faced these years with courage. Their owner was from Texas and looked after them. While Russell was away, Nelda took up a basic job in a dirt floor building. During the Santa Ana winds, she had to wear a gas mask because of the dust. She knew the people around them made sure they were okay and treated them like family because they were so young. When Russell was released, they returned to Texas through the wilderness by bus. She hated it.
They settled in Bryan in 1946. Nelda joined Central Baptist Church and remained a member for 75 years. Greg was born in 1947. Nelda’s priorities have always been her family, her church and her friends. She was a devoted wife and mother who always put the needs of the family ahead of her own. She loved being a housewife and was known to decorate. She was active in church and Sunday school. She entertained her many exceptional friends with parties and gatherings. She worked outside the home when Greg was in school. Over the past few years, she has been a dedicated caregiver for her parents and husband and has devoted over 20 years to meeting their needs.
She and Russell have been married for 65 years. In retirement, she and Russell enjoyed road trips to visit the mountains and had many fun tours with Greg in Kansas, where he worked. When Russell fell ill, she looked after him at home until he needed nursing home care. She looked after him for four years.
She has been a faithful Christian all of her life. She was brought up in a devout Christian family who loved her unconditionally. She had made a commitment to a Christian family life for herself, Russell and Greg. She joined Central Baptist Church in 1946 and remained a member for 75 years. She has always been a lady. She had the values of a traditional Texas lady and loved her state and country. She hoped to be remembered above all for her unwavering love of God who gave her faith, courage and honesty and her ability to express her love to all of her friends and family. We miss her deeply.
Honorary bearers will be Bill Adkinson, Leon Rummel, Mike Wade, Justin Smith, Harold Chilton, Joey Boring.
The family especially thanks the doctors and caregivers for their compassionate care and support, Dr David Buras, Dr Kennon Wigley and Laura Pugh; Hospice Brazos Valley and Home Place, caregivers Tia, Davi, Faridat and a special longtime friend and caregiver, Melinda Lopez.
Briefs can be made at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Posted by The Bryan-College Station Eagle October 20-21, 2021.