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Bernelda D. "Nell" Kerr

Bernelda D. "Nell" KerrBernelda D. "Nell" Kerr, age 75, of Bolivar and formerly of Sherrodsville, died Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2012, in the Hennis Care Center of Bolivar following a long illness.

Born Jan. 9, 1937, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of the late John and Goldie Huggins Potts.

She was employed as a typist for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron from 1958 to 1962, a waitress at the Atwood Lake Lodge for 20 years, and most recently worked for her daughter as a receptionist at Atwood Beauty Dock in Dellroy.  Nell was a graduate of the former Dellroy High School and was a member of its last graduating class.

Nell was the foundation, as strong and timeless as any, on which her family was built.  She was an individual who never turned away any person in need.  Often Nell invited these people to stay in her home so she could share their burdens and help put them back on their feet. She gave to them the gifts of shelter, guidance, and abundant love.  She epitomized beauty in strength.  A testament for the love she showed to the world's "strays" is that she was called "Mom" by many besides her own children.  And her children recall and respect the devotion she held for them.  Nell showed this devotion in her actions - she never missed a child's sporting event, or traveled throughout the country as not to miss the birth of any of her grandchildren. The strength of her devotion will impact her family for generations to come.

She is survived by her children, Joseph J. (Tammy) Kerr of Fayetteville, PA, Mrs. Eric (Carol) "Toady"` Haines of Dellroy, Eric (Valerie) Kerr of Bolivar, Ben William (Angela) Kerr of Kaplan, LA; her stepson, Wade C. (Kim) Kerr of Akron; a stepdaughter, Mrs. David (Kay) Steiner of Mogadore; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Bill (Betty) Carr of Hollywood, FL, and Mrs. Nick (Vern) Habian of Oregon; a brother, Jimmy Potts, and three half-siblings Debbie, Karen, and Dave. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade C. Kerr, who died May 20, 1990; a stepdaughter Margaret "Peggy" Averill; a brother, Charlie Potts, and two sisters, Kathy D. Dirth and Carol Osborn.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. in Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Hospice Chaplain Lyn Houze officiating.  Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment of her ashes will take place at a later date in Leavittsville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to assist in the research for Parkinson's disease, which can be directed to the Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street. S.W., Rochester, MN 55905.  To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.

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