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Nelle Hammond Stein
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God touched her and she slept Nelle Hammond Stein, 91, of Camden, wife of the late Jack R. Stein, passed away Sunday morning, May 5, 2013 following a brief illness. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. Rev. Steve Patterson will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Nelle’s memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

Ethel Vernelle "Nelle" Hammond Stein was born in Stoneboro, SC, the daughter of Carl Vernon and Susie Stover Hammond. She graduated from high school when she was in the 11th grade. Nelle continued her education at Winthrop College in Rock Hill where she studied bookkeeping. Her professional career began at Thomas & Howard Company where she worked in the office and met her future husband, Jack Stein. The couple made their home and raised their three daughters in Camden. In addition to Nelle’s excellent homemaking skills and her reputation as a great cook, she worked as a bookkeeper at the former Camden Hospital when it became a nursing home, Jaclyn Mills and as a bookkeeper for the late Judge and Speaker Pro-Tem Claytor Arrants.

Nelle was very active in her church, was an excellent bridge player and was always available to cook a meal for anyone in time of crisis.

The family would like to thank the staff of Morningside of Camden for the gentle, loving care they gave her during her final years. They would also like to thank all the friends and family who visited and called to brighten her days.

Nelle is survived by three daughters and their families, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her daughters are Judy Stein Watts (Pat) of Summerville, Jeannie Stein Hill of Rock Hill and Janice Stein Hayes (Jim) of Lake Wateree; grandchildren, Sean Patrick Watts (Maya) and their daughter-and Nelle’s great-granddaughter, Rook Altae Watts of North Bend, Oregon; Paul Robert Watts of North Charleston, Kathryn Lee Hill of Charlotte, NC and John Alexander Hill of Rock Hill.

Nelle was predeceased by her sisters, Sue Carol Hance, Betty Jean Wade and Margaret Childers Wade; and her brother, Carl Vernon Hammond.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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