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Updated: 01/31/2014 08:00:01AM

Nelda Beatrice Two

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Nelda Beatrice (nee Cox) Two, 91, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in the loving care of Tidewell Hospice and The Sterling House of Punta Gorda, Fla.

She was born March 12, 1922, in a house by a creek in Nolanville, Texas, to John Mackey and Virginia Belle (nee Shelton) Cox.

Nelda B. was the youngest of eight children. She was valedictorian of her high school graduating class in Melvin, Texas. During World War II, she met and married Roy Leonard, a soldier from Michigan, and they moved there after the war. She enjoyed selling real estate, and was proud of her time representing World Book and Time-Life Books. While caring for her husband Bill through a long battle with cancer, she earned an associate degree in “Caring for the Dying,” studying under well-known Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

Nelda B. never met a stranger. She will be remembered for her big Texas smile and lively attitude. Nelda B. was an accomplished seamstress like her mother and sister, Eunice. She enjoyed a creative challenge, whether it was in sewing, gardening, working with beads or solving word puzzles. Nelda B. loved to read mysteries. She enjoyed her Dallas Cowboys and, in the past few years, became a N.Y. Yankees fan.

Nelda B. is survived by her daughters, Virginia (William) Carney of Aldie, Va., Nelda (Al) Iacono of Punta Gorda, and Rebecca (Gary) Leonard-Tardiff of Marinette, Wis.; nine loving grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; along with many family members and friends who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Two; and all of her brothers and sisters.

Interment will be held in June 2014 at the time of the Cox family reunion at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Nolanville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Aldie United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 343, Aldie, VA 20105; or to the historic Pleasant Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 47, Nolanville, TX 76559.

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