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Obituary for Mrs. Nelda Ruth Andrewartha

September 20, 1934 - April 29, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 83

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Nelda Ruth Andrewartha, age 83, passed away on April 29, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born September 20, 1934, in Teague, Texas, to parents, David Lowry and Carey Morene Henderson. Nelda earned her Bachelor's Degree at Sam Houston State University where she met her husband, John. She earned her Master's Degree at UTSA. Of the forty-two years Nelda spent in public education, thirty-one were with the Northside Independent School District and ten of those were as Secondary Language Arts Supervisor. During her tenure teaching at John Jay High School, she was honored as a Distinguished Teacher. She also taught in Austin, Waco, Kerrville, San Angelo, and El Paso. After retirement, she taught for an additional seven years at Wayland Baptist University and at UTSA. During her tenure as supervisor, she was instrumental in establishing the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas at NISD and served as its site director.

In her private life, Nelda wrote poems that were cherished by family and close friends. In the summer of 1951, she served as a Baptist Student Union missionary to Jamaica. A voracious reader who gave back to the community, she was active in several book clubs, the Possibilities women's giving circle, and her church. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was known for her fierce love and encouragement, sassy humor, and her wonderful ability to have something to say on any topic.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Yvonne Feldman and Dorothy Reynolds. Nelda is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. John M. Andrewartha; daughter Deborah Dabbs and husband Paul; son Mike Andrewartha and wife Arlene; grandchildren Melissa Young, Scott Dabbs, Garrick Dabbs, Evan Dabbs, Jessica Andrewartha, and Meghan Andrewartha; five great grandchildren; and brothers, James Henderson and John W. Henderson.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018
5:00 PM
THE WOODLANDS BAPTIST CHURCH
15315 HUEBNER RD.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018
9:00 AM
FORT SAM NATIONAL CEMETERY
1520 HARRY WURZBACH

Rev. Joe Walts will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Northside Education Foundation.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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