A photo of Barbara E. (Northam, Nelson) Holler

Barbara E. (Northam, Nelson) Holler

April 13, 1932 - November 10, 2022

Barbara E. (Northam, Nelson) Holler of New Castle, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family at the age of 90 on November 10th, 2022.

Barbara was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Sterling, Scott) Northam. She was born on April 13, 1932 in Crisfield, MD, where she grew up and married John W. Nelson. They moved to Delaware for job opportunities and to raise their family.

She is preceded in death by both of her parents; her brothers, Lake, Marvin, and Preston Scott; her sisters, Helen (Northam) Tyler and Mary-Lou (Northam) Hall; a son Franklin J Nelson; her son-in-law Allan F. Hale, and her grandson John C. Nelson.

She is survived by her children, John W. Nelson, Jr., Deborah (Nelson) Hale, and Beverly A. Nelson; her daughter-in-law Jean (Bryson) Nelson; seven grandchildren, Franklin J. Nelson, Jr. (Jennifer), Heather (Nelson) Dunlap (Ryan), Megan (Nelson) Candler (Matthew), Joshua and Brittany Nelson, Rosemarie (Hale) Paris (Nathan), Kyle M. Megaw; fifteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews who all affectionately called her Aunt Bobby.

Barbara was a homemaker most of her life, but joined the workforce doing miscellaneous jobs after raising her children. After moving to Bedford, PA, she discovered a passion in buying and selling antiques. While living in Bedford she raised two of her great-grandchildren, Alissa D. Nelson and Curtis L. Nelson, as her own children. She moved back to Delaware ten years ago to be with her family. She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her great-grandchildren whom she asked to be called Old Mom Mom. She was well known for her sense of humor. A loving mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

The family would like to thank the AccentCare Hospice team, especially Maddie and CarpeVITA Homecare, her health-aid, Sharress for all their support.

Services will be private and a celebration of life will be held later this year.

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