Nelta Irene McDonald Brock, 82 of Amarillo died Friday, December 30th. The family held a private remembrance. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mrs. Brock was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Bible and church history student, Amarillo business owner (Angel Haven Day Care), published author, ladies’ Bible class teacher, life-long learner and a provocative email Bible debater known as “NIB.” She has been freed from the physical limitations of time and is now sitting at the feet of her life’s devotion. Mrs. Brock’s family will miss her so much and were inspired by her valiant, lengthy battle with usual interstitial pneumonia which ended surrounded by family and her beloved dogs, SuSu, Butch and Missy.
82 years ago, on July 25, 1929, Mrs. Brock’s life began in Decatur, Texas, the middle daughter of six children born to Thomas and Rosa McDonald. In 1951, she married Richard Brock and they made a home for their growing family in New Mexico, Georgia, California and Oklahoma, but spent the majority of their lives in Texas.
Mrs. Brock’s zest for life and self- improvement prompted her to begin lecturing for Weight Watchers. She held classes in Tulsa, Oklahoma and many of the surrounding rural towns and helped innumerable women and men gain control over their lives and improve their health. One of the ladies she taught and inspired lost over 100 pounds!
Mrs. Brock always had a drive to learn and attended college over 40 years. Finally, while in her 60’s – her drive for success caused her to move into a dorm at West Texas A&M (where she mentored many of her 18-20 year old dorm mates) and she finally completed her Bachelor of Science in Academic Studies at the age of 64. She always had a love of history and was a valuable addition to her history classes where she provided a ‘rememberer’s’ perspective for the younger students rather than simply the objective viewpoint of the textbook. After graduation, she did her student-teaching in Amarillo public schools and was a substitute teacher for many years in Klein ISD in Spring, Texas.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Richard Brock, daughters Alice Brock Lafferty and husband Charlie, of Wills Point, TX, Stacy Brock of Tomball, TX , Diana Brock Dow and husband Daniel of Huntington, TX, and son Brent Brock and wife Adele of Tomball, TX. Her grandchildren are Ryan, Nathan, Evan, and Robin Montez, Matthew, James, Andrew, Timothy, Jonathan, and Benjamin Dow, Brandon and Breanna Brock and great granddaughter, Everlee Grace Dow. She is also survived by her youngest sister, Verma McDonald Long of PA as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Brock’s requested memorial would be spending time with your family over hot cups of coffee (particularly with a breakfast at United) having a rousing Bible discussion.