She was my grandmother's sister and lived round the corner from my grandmother so I saw her a lot when I was growing up. Together with another sister, the three ladies loomed large in my life. I have a lovely photo of the three of them together at my wedding. The very next day my Aunt Vera died (she'd lived on borrowed time for about 20 years having a heart condition!), two months later my grandmother died (she had a stroke on the bus on the way to dancing with a friend, a good way to go, I think) and now Aunt Nellie has gone. End of an era.
I hadn't seen her for a while, but I wrote, sent cards, photos and postcards and sent pictures daughter made for her. I won't be able to go to her funeral because, as a teacher, I can't take time off for funerals for 'distant' relatives, but I can pay my respects in other ways. This post is one.
She really was a Great Aunt Nellie.