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January 3, 2014
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Barbara Nelson

Barbara Ann Nelson passed away in her sleep on Dec. 23, 2013, with her family present, in Vista, Calif. She died from complications from a stroke that happened after her cruise vacation in the Caribbean Nov. 17, 2013.

A celebration of life will be from noon to 2 p.m., Jan. 11, 2014, at The Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley, Calif. Friends are welcome to join the family. Barbara will be placed at rest with her dear sweet companion and husband of 23 years, Joe Assia, who preceded her in death, at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City.

Barbara graduated from Berkeley High and San Francisco State. She retired from Wausau Insurance Company. She started in the filing department and worked her way up to be an underwriter for the company. She loved Frank Sinatra songs and her favorite movies where “Gone with the Wind” and “Color Purple.” Joe and Barbara dedicated their lives to helping stray cats and feeding wildlife that wandered onto their Chicago Park property.

She was the greatest sister anyone could ever have to her brother Edward Nelson III of Grass Valley. She was a very good stepmother to Phil Assia of Orinda, Calif. Barbara never had any children of her own but was the best aunt to Karen Sinkey of Vista, Calif., Edward Nelson IV of Vista, Calif., Kevin Nelson of Poway, Calif., Kelley Nelson of Poway, Calif., and Kim Nelson of Carlsbad, Calif. She had five great-nieces, three great-nephews, four great-grandnieces and four great-grandnephews. She was a wonderful stepgrandmother to James Assia of Albany, Calif., Andrea Assia Landis of Albany, Calif., Michelle Assia of Albany, Calif., and Alex Assia of Albany, Calif. She was a stepgreat-grandmother to Jasmine Assia.

Barbara was a kind and gentle person and was loved and respected by many. She will be sorely missed.


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