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Memorial created 04-28-2013 by
Hope Stills
Phyllis Jean Vanover-Nelson
November 5 1951 - April 3 2013


This online memorial was created in loving memory of Phyllis Vanover-Nelson, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Phyllis's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Phyllis forever. Phylis was a great mom and an awesome grandma. She was born November 5, 1951, in Johnson City Tn to William and Pansy Hanson-Vanover. She was the sister of Wayne Vanover, Llyod Vanover, James Vanover, Raymond Vanover, Mary Holmes, Betty Roberson, Viola Barnett, and Judy Taylor. She was married to the late Harry "Buddy" Nelson. She had four children the late Myles Nelson and the late Jospeh Nelson. Two daughters Virginia Stills and Angela Brock. Phyllis has one son-in-law Roy Stills and one daughter-in-law Pat Nelson. Two step-grandkids Jamie & Drew Snapp, two great grandsons Nathaniel and Matthew Snapp. Her grand children include Kenny & Allison Stills, LaShea & Michael Lusk, Kristina & Ben Evans, Devan Nelson, Tommy Oliver, Heather & Johnathon Brock, Jasmine Holloway. Phyllis loved life, she was a Christian and loved to tell people about the Lord, she loved the outdoors, church, spending time with her friends & family and her kids & grandkids were her life. My mom was the one person I knew I could always count on when I was having a bad day, a broken heart, when I needed advice, or just wanted to talk about everyday life. She was always there to make you laugh and smile or even scold you if we were doing wrong. She would brighten up anyone that was feeling down no matter how bad we might have thought things were at the time she made sure to let us know that things could get worse to be thankful for everyday we have here on earth and for what we had not complain about what we didnt have. Mom was always trying to help someone to get them on the right path. She broght great joy to all those that knew her and everyone that met her loved her. My mom was the greatest mom anyone could ever want and God gave her to us. We were the lucky kids. I remember all the great times, the bad times, the sad and the happy times we got to spend with her but never thought one day she would be taken from me. Let me just say when that day came my world changed forever never to be the same again. This world, her friends and her family lost a very special, loving, kind hearted, compassionate, forgiving, honest, hard working, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, cousin that anyone would ever have a chance to know. We lost a great woman and Heaven gained a very special angel. My mom was my world, my mom and my Best Friend, What will we do without her. Mom I knew your finally in Heaven with daddy Lil Joe and Myles, with a new healthy body and having no pain and no more tears but I miss you more than I could have thought  a person could miss someone. When Myles left us 6 years ago the pain was unbearable and I thought I couldnt feel any worse a pain but I was showed hard that losing you would be even a greater pain than I already had. I love you mom and I wish you were still here with me and that I had said all I wanted and needed to say to you while you were here but as I did with Myles I left so much so many words unspoken and your no longer with me to hear them. You were my world, I Love You Mom and I miss you more than you could ever imagine. 


My mom was the greastest person anybody would ever want to know. She was funny but serious, could brighten up my day when I felt bad or sad or upset, she could make you smile everytime she was in the room. My mom was my best friend. She loved her kids and would do anything to help them but boy she sure didnt hold back when we did wrong, as kids or adults. She made sure she told us we needed to straighten up our lives and get in church. She was always trying to help people and if she couldnt help you she sure wouldnt do nothing to hurt you. I remember growing up how every kid in the neighborhood loved my mom. She always cooked these big meals and when the holidays came around the meals were even bigger. All the kids loved it and we always had a house full of kids. She made everyone feel like our house was theirs. Mom worked as a CNA at Asbury Center Nursing Home until she hurt her back so bad she couldnt work period again. She was my inspiration for going back to school to get my GED after i dropped out when I was 16, and then to start college about 3 years ago after my brother passed away. I put college on hold for a while cause my mom started getting really sick and I took care of her until we lost her April 3, 2013. My moms whole life was her God, her kids, grandkids, family and friends. She was the most loving kind hearted person I have ever known. Things will never be the same without her but with the help of her memorial page we all will keep her memory alive. so I thank each and every person that takes the time to read her story or visit her pages and to all those that still have their mothers please take an extra few minutes to pick up the phone or go visit your mothers and grand mothers and let them know how much you love them and how important they are to you. Dont take for granted that there will be tomorrow to say it or to spend time with them because trust me you may not have the next day and then you will be like I am right now, left with words unspoken and regrets of not taking every chance you have to enjoy the gift from God called your mom. I love my mom more than anything and she was the most important person in my life other than my kids, my husband, my neices and nephews. I miss her more than I ever thought possible and took for granted she would be around. I love you mom and miss you so much  



Dont cry for me, When I"m gone, Keep the faith and be strong

Cause through it all, Ive been blessed, I faced my fears, Not passed the test,

So when you look up in sky on a sunny day....

Imagine me Drifting away.... I'll be sailing on the ships of Heaven...

When the tides roll out, for the last time..You'll find me sailing on the ships of Heaven..

Wait for the day...I'll come sailing back to you...

Remember all, the times we had.. Some were grey, some were sad..But you know..

That in the end...I'll love was stronger..When we began...

No unforgiven sins and no regrets...Just the times of our lives that we'll never forget...

I'll be sailing on the ships of Heaven..When the tides roll out for the last time...

You'll find me sailing in the ships of Heaven..Wait for the day..I'll come sailing back to you...

I'll be sailing on the ships of Heaven..When the tides roll out for the last time..

You'll find me sailing on the ships of Heaven..Wait for the day..

I'll come sailing back too you..

When the tides roll out for last time.. You'll find me sailing in the ships of Heaven...




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