Global Ministries is saddened to learn of the death of Nellie R. Dean
Nellie Robinson Dean
February 15, 1929 – April 8, 2016
Nellie R. Dean, 87, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016. She was born in Daphne, AL February 15, 1929 to Joseph and Grace Robinson. Nellie attended and graduated from Transylvania University in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in church service. She was married for 65 years to Reverend Kenneth Dean, a minister of the Christian church (Disciples of Christ). Together they have three children: Donna, Linda and David.
Nellie accompanied her husband as they served congregations in Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Iowa, including an appointment to Scotland where they served as mission personnel from 1973 to 1975 for the Division of Overseas Ministries (today Global Ministries). While in Scotland, they worked with the Churches of Christ of Great Britain and Ireland. Their day to day life living in Scotland with their three children was documented in The Disciple on September 15, 1974.
Back in the U.S. and prior to their retirement, Mrs. Dean served as staff in the Disciple denominational headquarters in Indianapolis, IN as secretary for the Office of Communication and of which she had fond memories. Upon retirement, Nellie and Reverend Dean returned to St. Petersburg, Florida and were members of Palm Lake Christian Church.
Mrs. Dean was predeceased in death by her parents, an infant son, and her brother, Gerald. She is survived by her husband and three children: Donna Andres, Seattle, WA; Linda Wust (Michael), Denver, IA; and David (Jody), Tioga, ND; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
A celebration of Nellie Dean’s life will be held at the Palm Lake Christian Church, 5401 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Palm Lake Christian Church or to Better Marriages of Winston-Salem, P.O. Box 21374, Winston-Salem, NC 27120.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Reverend Kenneth Dean, 8333 Seminole Boulevard, Apartment 552 E, Seminole, FL 33772.