Barbara Nelson, 84, of Cave Creek, died peacefully April 10, 2019, at home. She was born Aug.19, 1934, in House, New Mexico to Barbara Nance McWhorter Canon.
Barbara was a graduate of Western New Mexico University with a BA degree in education and Northern Arizona University with an MA degree. She spent 34 years in education and was selected to be in Who’s Who in American Education. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She was also active with numerous youth groups.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gene Nelson, daughter Sherri Jenkins, as well as three sisters and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Pam Wade; sons Roy and Terry Nelson; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Donations may be made in her memory to Special Olympics or Hospice of the Valley. Services were held Thursday, April 18, at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E Pinnacle Peak Road. Burial was at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale.