Woodward, Okla. —
Nina was a faithful member of the Church of Christ. She taught the toddler class, was the nurse at bible camp, and baked and prepared a great deal of food over the years in service to the Lord. She was a member of the American Nursing Association, the Work and Play Extension Club. She was a volunteer with the Red Cross teaching CPR and working on blood drives. After retirement she worked on the “Books for Babies” project taking her grandchildren along with her making and distributing the materials to encourage mothers to read to their children as she had with her children and grandchildren. She participated in the Pink Ladies, a volunteer organization at Woodward Hospital taking histories at specialist clinics.
She continued her career after marriage working shifts at Woodward Memorial Hospital and later taught practical nursing there and at High Plains Vocational Institute. She taught her students and her children how to behave personally and professionally. Her daughter observed her engage with a conversation in a store. Her daughter asked, “Who was that?” Nina replied, “That was a man with a head on his shoulders.” Her child didn’t know it, but she had just gotten her first lesson in patient confidentially. Nina valued public service, education, and lifelong learning and instilled these values in her children and her students. Many of her LPN students have gone on to earn degrees.
The verse she taught her Bible students and her children was, “Be ye Kind.” One of her granddaughter’s seeking to correct the behavior of another grandchild vocalized in a loud trumpeting voice to her misbehaving sibling while intruding in that child’s personal space and shaking her finger, “Be ye kind, be ye kind, be ye kind.” Not quite what the apostle Paul and Nina had in mind with that verse. Nina was kind, understated, unassuming, and resourceful. When her husband was asked what he most admired about her, he said, “She can get along in any circumstances.” She personified the apostle Paul’s words, “I know how to be abased and abound, in any circumstances to be content.” She kept the bookkeeping for the cow calf operation she, her husband and children ran and served as a vet to cattle and the occasional pig that was allowed. She worked part time teaching, raised her children, and was active in the work of the church and volunteered in the community. She taught her children the importance of patience and hard work growing food and processing it with her children for their use and to share with others.