Barbara Ann Nelson

Barbara Ann Nelson

Barbara Ann Nelson, 71, of Greenfield, died Aug. 30, 2013, at Hancock Regional Hospital Transitions Hospice. She was born in Lafayette, Ind. on Dec. 31, 1941, to the late Rose Katherine Weiler Nelson and Charles Walter Nelson.

Barb graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1959 and from Purdue University in 1963.

She served as a pharmacist at several Lafayette stores before becoming a consultant for the Hooks Drug Company. Later, she worked for healthcare facilities, including Wishard Hospital.

Barb received many honors for her professional and humanitarian achievements. These included being one of the ten outstanding young women of America in 1976, a Sagamore of the Wabash, a distinguished alumna of the Purdue Pharmacy School and President of the Indiana Pharmacy Board and the Indiana Pharmaceutical Association, the first woman to hold those offices.

She held several positions, including elder, at Geist Christian Church of Indianapolis, and was active in the First Christian Church of Lafayette.  Her memberships included the Hook's Foundation Board, Altrusa International, Hook's Old Fashioned Drug Store, and other charitable organizations. She was an avid Purdue supporter.

Survivors include her sister, Rosalie Richardson; nephew, Robert (Valerie) Richardson; niece, Diana Richardson (Brent) Shepler; great-nieces and great-nephews, Carson and Julianne Richardson and Maverick Shepler; two first cousins, and William Weiler and George Nelson Markle.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Geist Christian Church, main campus.

If desired, donations may be given to Geist Christian Church, Week of Compassion Fund, Alzheimers Association, Purdue University School of Pharmacy, Altrusa – Indianapolis chapter, or the Transitions Hospice of Hancock Regional Hospital.