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Stroke didn't stop one of the first SJHS graduates

by Sandra Davis - Friday, December 28, 2007

This article is courtesy of Telegraph-Journal

SAINT JOHN - When Gladys Nesbit suffered a massive stroke in the late-1980s, she lost the use of her right side.

But that didn't stop the determined woman, who was in her 70s at the time, from learning how to do things all over again.

"She had to learn to write again and read," recalls her son, Bev Nesbit of Saint John.

Gladys Nesbit died of pneumonia on Dec. 18 in her 92nd year.

She had lived the last 16 years of her life at Loch Lomond Villa.

The stroke forced her to stop knitting and crocheting, he said, but it didn't diminish her spiritually.

"She lived to her beliefs," said Nesbit. "She never smoked or drank and was a loving mother - a firm believer in the Lord."

Gladys Jean Nesbit grew up in the north end of Saint John and was a member of Saint John High School's first graduating class. Her husband, Christie (Chris) Nesbit, died in 1981 at the age of 65.

She was a devoted member of Tabernacle United Baptist Church and of the senior missionary society that worked to raise funds to support workers in the field.

Cooking was another of Nesbit's loves, recalled her son, who singles out her pickles as one of his favourite treats.

"She was a terrific cook," says Bev Nesbit, who taught other family members.

Molasses cookies, mustard pickles, relishes and preserves - and strawberry shortcake - were in Nesbit's repertoire and enjoyed immensely by family and friends, he said.

"She was thought of very tenderly by brother and I both."

Gladys Nesbit is also survived by son Wayne of St. John's, N.L., brothers, sisters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.