Nellie Pace

Nellie Pace

Thursday, September 25th, 1924 Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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Obituary for Nellie Mae Pace (Bartholomew)

Nellie Bartholomew Pace, 94, of Spring Hope, died April 4th at Transitions Life Care Center in Raleigh, NC surrounded by family.
Nellie Mae Bartholomew was born to Agnes Egolia Brantley and James Willis Bartholomew, Sr. on September 25, 1924 in the country (close to White Oak) outside of Nashville, NC on a tenant farm. She was the sixth child of nine children. She first attended elementary school at Dean’s School, a 4 room country school. There were 4 rooms total with 2 grades in each class. There were 3 teachers and an outside toilet. Those were the days when Sears catalogs were very important! Nellie was an excellent student and always enjoyed math and reading.
At age 21, while working at the Spring Hope Drug Store, she met the love of her life, Maurice William Pace. He was a younger man of only 17. Even though he did not own a vehicle he seemed to show up almost every day wherever she was-working on the farm, working at the drug store, or out with a friend. After a whirl wind romance, and immediately after Maurice turned 18, he asked her dad (much to the embarrassment of Nellie) for her hand in marriage. They married April 7, 1945. In July, 1945, Maurice joined the army. World War II soon ended and Maurice returned home after three months. They lived in various places around Nash county as well as in Raleigh, where Nellie worked at Walton's Pharmacy and Maurice worked at Pine State Creamery. Later in 1953, they moved to Newport News, Virginia where Maurice took a job as an electrician for aircraft carriers at the Newport News Ship Yard. Nellie was proud to be a stay-at-home mom to her three year old daughter Vickie and in 1956 welcomed a son, Kenneth Maurice. In 1969, due to Maurice's declining health, they moved back to Nash County where they ran a country store outside of Bailey until 1977. Nellie worked side by side with Maurice every day. They sold the store in 1977 to enjoy retirement, unfortunately Maurice passed away three short months later while on a trip to Key West, Florida.
At 52 years of age, after being out of the public workforce for many years, Nellie had to return to work. She was employed by Nash County Schools and worked at Spring Hope Elementary in the cafeteria for 15 years, retiring just in time to welcome her great grandchildren and another grandchild. Nellie was a big part of her grandchildren's and great- grandchildren's lives, supporting them and their families in many ways. She was an energetic, fun loving grandmother who kept a range of toys at her home and was always ready to get down on the floor and play or jump in the car for a family trip. In 2011, after her daughter Vickie had a major stroke, Nellie moved to Cary, NC to live with her son, Kenneth and wife Pam. She loved reading, especially mystery books, working in her flowers,, and checking on her family and friends on Facebook. She enjoyed conversation and loved to laugh.
Nellie was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Maurice William Pace. Also preceding her in death were five sisters, Agnes Green, Ruby Purkerson, Mattie English, Vivian Murray and Mildred Green; as well as two brothers: Vernon Dick Bartholomew, and James Willis Bartholomew Jr.
She leaves behind to honor her memory two children: Vickie Stainback, and Kenneth Pace (wife, Pam); three grandchildren, Patrick Mullen, Tonya Hadley (husband Ronnie) and Zachary Pace (wife, Crystal), six great-grandchildren, Brandon Mullen, Westley Mullen, Emily Mullen, Katelyn Williams (husband Cody), Brittany Hadley, and Courtney Hadley; and one great-great-grandchild, Easton Williams.

She also leaves behind one surviving brother, Joe Bartholomew, who for many years has encouraged and supported her and faithfully helped her care for her home, as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews , who have loved her as a second mom.

Visitation with the family will be held at Lancaster Funeral Home, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, NC 27549 on Sunday, April 7th from 3-4 pm and will be followed by a celebration of life service at 4 pm.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 3:45pm
    Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services
    804 N. Bickett Blvd.
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    Sunday, April 7th, 2019
    3:00pm - 3:45pm
  • Service

    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services
    804 N. Bickett Blvd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, April 7th, 2019
  • Interment

    Bunn Cemetery
    NC Hwy 98
    BUNN, NC
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Lee Northerner sent flowers to the family of Nellie Mae Pace (Bartholomew).
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Katelyn Williams

Tonya Leigh Hadley
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Lee Northerner

Your in my thoughts and prayers!
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