Nellie Joyce Wilson, formerly of Baldwinville and Winchendon, passed away at home with her son and daughter-in law, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 after bravely battling a long illness.
She was born in October 1944 in Corbin, daughter of the late Flora Mae (Lockhart) Wilson and Claybourne Sherman Wilson, and is survived by her one brother, Walter Raymond Wilson.
After working as a teacher, Nellie stayed home to raise her children and foster children, and to provide care for her parents. She was very active in the church, a librarian, worked with the Girl and Boy Scouts, and assisted with school activities.
When she returned to work, she greatly enjoyed being a speech therapist assistant at the Templeton Developmental Center, where she made lasting friendships with both her co-workers and her clients.
Nellie returned to Corbin for several years before returning to live with her children, making new friends and touching the lives of those in her church, community, and family.
Nellie's life was guided by her strong faith, patient selflessness, and love for her family.
She is survived by her three children: Sherry Rajaniemi-Gregg of Ashburnham; Kenneth Rajaniemi and his wife, Tanisha Rajaniemi, of Deering, New Hampshire; and Melanie Rajaniemi and her partner, Raymond Jackson, of Athol. Nellie also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Christopher Rajaniemi, Alex Ruschioni, Keyana Gregg, Nicholas Ruschioni, Francine Rajaniemi, Aydrian Gregg, Liam Gregg, and Charlotte Gregg, as well as one great grandchild, Logan Ruschioni.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home in Corbin.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Published on August 19, 2016