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Manuela "Nellie" UrmstonJune 23, 1942 ~ July 20, 2017 (age 75)
Manuela “Nellie” Urmston, 75, was born in Carlsbad, NM on June 23, 1942. She was the eldest of 3 daughters born to Jesus O. Gutierrez and Patrocina Posos. Nellie graduated Carlsbad High School and moved to California where she married and had 3 children. She returned to Carlsbad and found her calling, spending 3 decades working as a CNA at Lakeview Christian Home. Upon retirement from Lakeview, she worked as an in-home caregiver. Nellie loved her work and cherished her family, which included 6 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter whom she always called “my baby”. Ever the lover of sweets, she was especially fond of coconut cream pie and almost any kind of pastry you could name. Of course, her family will remember her for the tortillas she so lovingly made and the strong work ethic she always demonstrated, even continuing to work up until her passing on July 20, 2017 in Lubbock, TX.
She spent her final days surrounded by family and being cared for by those she loved most. Nellie leaves behind a legacy of love and forgiveness, of tolerance and hard work. She remains in the hearts of those left behind and will be celebrated at Denton-Wood Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 AM followed by interment at Carlsbad Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 25 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Nellie was preceded in death and welcomed at the gates of heaven by her mother and father; sister Mary Helen Garavito; nephews Michael and Jeremy Garavito; and great-great-nephew Jayce Palma. She is survived by sister Margie Ruiz of Carlsbad; daughter Denise Dunn & husband Brian of Orange County, CA; daughter Doreen Johnson of Carlsbad; son Daniel Urmston & wife Christina of Odessa, TX; granddaughter Zeka Olson & husband Wade; grandsons Zion Johnson,Chris Dunn, and Samuel Duran; granddaughters Jordanna and Audrey Dunn; the love of her life, great-granddaughter Scarlett Fox; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
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