Wendy J. Nelson

Wendy J. Nelson, 63, of Salt Springs, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness.

Wendy was born and raised in Niles, Mich., and lived in Salt Springs for 43 years, coming from Niles. She managed the canteen at the Salt Springs VFW for a few years, then worked at the Salt Springs Campground and lastly at the Salt Springs contract Post Office for close to 20 years before having to retire for health issues. 

She made hundreds of friends and would do anything possible for anyone in need. She loved people and had a huge heart. She loved to fish, do puzzles, garden, take walks and rides in the woods, spend time with her friends, family and her granddaughters, and laugh. She had a very special bond with her daughter, Jamie, and all of her siblings were very close to her. The family all loved each other beyond words. This is a void that can never be filled.

She was preceded in death by her father, John A. Reid Sr., and her mother, Phyllis J. (Berry) Reid, both of whom moved from Michigan to Salt Springs in the 1970s; a very special man in her life, Barry Pennasse from Canada, who moved to Salt Springs about 24 years ago; and her grandparents, William and Bernice Reid of Salt Springs and Eric and Ernestine Heidi of Fort Lauderdale.

Surviving are her daughter, Jamie L. (Griffee) Durham of Salt Springs; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dana and Lynn Reid of Lynn, and John Jr. and Nancy Reid of Vandalia, Mich.; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Larry Mattair of Interlachen; two granddaughters, Katlyn Durham of Orlando and Kaleigh Durham of Palatka; ex-husbands, David Griffee and Dan Nelson, both of Ocala; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to name but loved dearly.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in her online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Wendy, we will always carry your memory in our hearts with love. I Corinthians 5:6-9: “Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith and not by sight. We are confident, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and be home with the Lord. So, whether at home or absent, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.”

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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