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Nell Page

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Nell Page, 78, of Bryan, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. A memorial service is set for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20 at A&M United Methodist Church.

Ruby Nell Willis was born December 25, 1932, to William Alva and Ruby Adaline Whitefield Willis in Terry County, TX. She married Wesley Foy Page on August 25, 1951, in Seagraves, Texas. Nell graduated from Texas Tech University at the age of 19 with a BS in Nutrition and Institutional Management; earned a Masters degree in Education with a minor in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (with a 4.0 GPR) from Texas A&M in May 1973. Nell taught elementary and junior high school in Medina, Marble Falls, Johnson City and Bryan, and courses in psychology and education at Texas A&M University. She was an editor and Assistant Department Head in the Department of Agricultural Communications where she held a joint appointment as Professor with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. She supervised numerous Extension Graduate Assistants, minority interns and student workers. Dr. Page taught more than 60 training programs for Extension staff throughout the state. She retired in 1993 as a professor emeritus. While completing her doctoral degree, she held a graduate research and teaching fellowship. She was a member and president of the Texas A&M Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Kappa Delta Phi, IABC, Brazos Valley Museum Board of Directors, and Who’s Who of American Women. She chaired the publicity committee for the Brazos County Youth Livestock Show. Dr. Page was a certified dietitian, school counselor, educational diagnostician and language/learning disabilities specialist. She held membership in the Council of Exceptional Children, American Association of University Women, the TAEX Specialists’ Association and ACE (Association of Agricultural Communications). Nell was a docent at the George Bush Presidential Library where she had more than 2,500 hours of volunteer service, a Crestview Volunteer, a member of the Brazos Valley Friends of the Library, and a competitive duplicate bridge player. She was a member of the Texas Research Ramblers Genealogy Society, the Brazos Valley Republican Women and the Bushwalkers Chapter of the American Volkswalkers Association.

Nell was a lifelong Methodist, having been a descendent from the Whitefield family of George Whitefield, who along with John Wesley began Methodism in the 1700s. Since her retirement, she was active in United Methodist Women, serving numerous offices on the local and district level. She was an usher, a member of the Altar Guild, and a member of the Golden Rule Sunday School Class at A&M United Methodist Church.

Dr. Page was honored with many awards and recognitions throughout her professional career. She was especially proud of her FFA Honorary Lone Star Award, her TAEX Superior Service Award, many ACE awards, the Distinguished Service Award from the Deputy Chancellor of Agriculture in 1993, and several service awards through the United Methodist Women. She was a nominee for the Outstanding Woman of Brazos County Award in 1984. She competed in the Walk Across Texas program three years and her team won all three years. The teams in 2004 and 2005 were captained by Nell.

Nell will be remembered for her dedication, love, loyalty and service to her family, her faith, her fellow man and her profession, and especially for her sense of humor and her commitment to fun. Nell never met a stranger and was a friend of many. She remained a “teacher” throughout her life always looking for a “teachable” moment for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Nell was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law Mary Guinn Willis and Elmer Ray Sellers, and her sister-in-law Lois Collins Willis.

Nell is survived by her beloved husband Wesley Foy Page; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Denise and Patrick Blackford; sons and daughters-in-law: Timothy Guinn and Cheryl Page, Kevin Craig and Wendy Page and Christopher Nathan (Kit) and Terri Page. Robert Vinson and Cindy Faulkner also survive as children of her heart. She is survived by 16 grandchildren: Jason Vinson Faulkner, Justin Kyle Farrell, Holly Noelle Carter, Joshua Burnett Faulkner, Sunni Beatrice Page, Misty Laine Carter, Seth Wesley Page, Jenna Rene Schatte-Page Leopold and Mitchel, Christopher John (CJ) Page, Kelsey Caitlin Page Steadman and Ethan, Garrett Lane Schatte-Page, Hallie Kathryn Page, Kelli Anne Page, Kolton Cash Page, Rebekah Renee Page, Kameron Chase Page. She also is survived by nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers William Thomas Willis and David Frank Willis, three nieces and six nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Nell’s name to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803 or A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

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Condolence from Ernie Frank on December 13th, 2011 11:24 am

I was saddened to hear of Nell’s passing from Sherm Frost. Nell was a good “boss” willing to stand up for her workers.

Condolence from Delph and Glenda Ross – College Station on November 14th, 2011 12:45 pm

Foy,

We are saddened to have read the notice in Sunday’s paper that Nell had passed away. Our prayers are with you and the family that you may find comfort and peace at this time and always.

Sincerely, Delph and Glenda

Condolence from Dale Croxdale on November 14th, 2011 5:52 pm

Nell Page was really good to my mother when they both worked at Bonham. We all thought highly of her. She was a very nice person. I went to school with her daughter, Debbie

Condolence from Wayne Borgers on November 15th, 2011 12:43 am

Foy:
I am very sorry to hear of about your wife. My heart goes out to you. If I can help in any way just let me know.

Condolence from Trenda Ford on November 15th, 2011 5:18 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Mrs. Page passed away. I only had the pleasure of knowing her for 4 years. She was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. She always smiled and waved when I saw her. Mr. Page & Family if you need anything please let me know. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Lynn White on November 17th, 2011 7:00 pm

My prayers go up for you and your family and you celebrate the life and mourn the death of Nell. I enjoyed my years of work with her in what is now Agrilife Extension. We worked through many publications and educational resource projects and committees together. Always a professional and problem solver and great team member.

Lynn White

Condolence from Richard Duble on November 17th, 2011 7:05 pm

Foy, we will all miss Nell greatly. She was my editor throughout my career and always made me look better than I was. After retirement she introduced me to duplicate bridge and became my friend forever. I will always be indepted to her.

Condolence from Fred Rodriguez on November 17th, 2011 7:27 pm

I always enjoyed working with Nell, and found her to be caring, thoughtful, professional and great person to work with. We will all miss her.

Condolence from Lynn Copeland on November 17th, 2011 8:29 pm

I am saddened to learn of Nell’s death. She and I worked together many times over the span of our Extension employment. I considered her one of the finest editors that Ag Communications had. She was a fine professional, talented, conscientious, and committed to the highest standards of her profession. To Foy and other family, friends, and coworkers, I extend heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from Ed & Bea Uvacek on November 17th, 2011 8:43 pm

We are saddened to hear of the Page family’s loss of their loved
one – Nell. We have been aware of her professional reputation as being a perfectionist.
She was noted for doing her job well – the only way she knew. Don’t
we wish the world was filled with folks that would like to emulate
Nell Page. I love the picture the family has used here. May the
Lord absorb your hurt a little each day. There is nothing that can
fill the loss of losing a sweet Mother – I’m sure you all can be
comforted in knowing you cared for her the best you knew how.
Blessings, Bea & Ed Uvacek

Condolence from Jackie Green on November 19th, 2011 11:26 am

Foy,

So very sorry to hear of Nells passing. You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers. What a remakable lady.

Condolence from ANN FLEISCHER on November 19th, 2011 12:45 pm

I WAS PRIVILEDGED TO KNOW NELL .SHE WAS A SPECIAL FRIEND. WE HAD MANY DEEP CONVERSATIONS ESPECIALLY DURING THE TIME WE WERE DOCENTS AT THE BUSH LIBRARY. I FEEL I KNOW YOUR FAMILY EVEN THOUGH I HAVE MET ONLY DEBBIE. BUT NELL WAS SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU. YOU ALEADY KNOW HOW GIFTED SHE WAS & HOW BRAVE. I WAS HONORED TO BE ONE OF HER CLOSE FRIENDS AND I WILL CHERISH ALWAYS THE TIME I SPENT WITH HER THESE LAST FEW MONTHS. KNOW THAT SHE WAS SO HAPPY THAT YOU ALL SURROUNDED HER WITH YOUR LOVE WHEN SHE NEEDED IT. FOY, YOU WERE HER LOVE. YOU TOOK SUCH VERY GOOD CARE OF HER. I GOOD GO ON & ON BUT I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT GOD INDEED BLESSED ME WHEN HE GAVE ME TIME TO SPEND WITH MY DEAR FRIEND. AND YOU WERE BLESSED TO HAVE NELL AS A WIFE, MOTHER,SISTER, GRANDMOTHER &GREATGRANDMOTHER. I WILL MISS HER. ALWAYS, ANN FLEISCHER

Condolence from Larry and Becky Ermis on November 21st, 2011 1:15 pm

Heartfelt condolences are extended to the Page and Willis families for the loss of Dr. Nell Page, a pleasant lady and educator. Respectfully, Larry and Becky Ermis – Bryan, Texas

Condolence from Shirley and Carl Anderson on November 22nd, 2011 11:04 am

Foy, Our memories of Nell will always reflect her as a warm caring friend and a very competent professional We send our heartfelt condolences. Shirley and Carl

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