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Nelda Lois Callarman died Sunday morning, Feb. 17, 2013, at Vitas Hospice in San Antonio. After suffering two aneurysms on Christmas Eve at home in Big Spring, she spent six weeks in the hospital and rehabilitation clinics in Lubbock and San Antonio before moving to hospice one week ago.
Nelda was born Sept. 7, 1931, in Levelland, Texas. She was the second of O.C. and Allie Belle Richards' four children and is survived by her three siblings, LaVerne Sandlin Davis of Birmingham, Ala. And Winona Herrin and David Richards, both of Phoenix, Ariz.
She attended Texas Women's College and transferred to Texas Tech, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1952. She began her teaching career in Portales, N.M. and then taught in Lovington, Jal and Hobbs, N.M. and Andrews, Texas. In 1962, she married Eldon Callarman. They lived in Hobbs until 1973 when they moved to Big Spring. She taught elementary school until her retirement in 1982 and maintained a close circle of teacher friends who met together for lunch weekly long after their careers came to an end.
Nelda and Eldon loved to travel and took many trips around the United States. Over the course of her lifetime, Nelda visited all 50 states and together, the couple explored state parks in Texas and all of,the great national parks in the United States. When Eldon died in 2010, she missed him terribly but received a warm welcome from a group of ladies at College Baptist Church in Big Spring.
Family and friends mattered very much to Nelda and she took great care to stay in touch. She learned enough about computers to become an active e-mailer, but those who loved her still cherished receiving her hand-written letters in perfectly elegant script.
In addition to her siblings, she is survived by 18 nieces and nephews; her devoted brother-in-law, David Callarman, of Cisco, Texas; and two sisters-in-law, Priscilla Callarman, of Dallas and Martha Callarman of Athens, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at College Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Pastor Ken McMeans will officiate. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, Texas.