Nelda Harles

Nelda Harles, 83, of Alvin passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Houston. She was born on August 29, 1934 in Hamilton, Texas to Alta and Floyd Appleby.

Nelda was supported daily by her daughter, Terri Harles, grandson, Robert A. Harles, his wife Trish E. Harles, great-granddaughter, Aurora B. Harles and step-great-grandson Chase M. Linney.

Besides being a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great-Great-Grandmother; she dedicated her life to serving others. Nelda worked for Crime Stoppers, coordinated volunteer programs to build handicap ramps, collected and distributed toys at Christmas time and trained to become a Chaplain. Chaplain Nelda Harles started working as a Chaplain with the Dickinson Police Department in 2003. In October of 2007, she was hired as a full time Crime Victim Liaison and retired in March 2017. Throughout her career she was one of the lead coordinators for Dickinson’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Programs, the Blue Santa Program, was a huge part of Crime Victims Weeks, she volunteered at the Carole S. Young Medical Facility TDJC and along with a partner spearheaded a prison ministry that continues today.
In all the programs and functions Nelda participated in she always found time for each and every person involved.

She married Robert Louis Harles and became mother of 4 children; Terri Harles of Texas, Sherri Harris (Darwin) of Indiana, Bobby Harles (Seletia) of Texas and Merri Cole of Minnesota.
Nelda was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, her husband and daughter Sherri Harris. Nelda is survived by a host of family members.
Her family and friends will miss her greatly.

A Funeral Service will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas with Tom Medlin officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.

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  1. Nelda was surely an amazing women i had the pleaser of knowing..i will miss her dearly….I will never forget her..❤❤❤
    RIP Nelda and fly with the Angels….

    Maggie Arroyos
  2. Terri it is love not time that heals all wound’s. If rose’s grow in heaven, lord please pick a bunch for Nelda Harles. Place them in her arms and tell her they’re from me. Terri you take care and I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers…Love Willie Dean

    Willie Dean
  3. Nelda was always a positive person. Glad we got to know her.

    God’s blessings on the family.

    Dr. Keith Bellamy
  4. The Housing Authority of the City of Texas City would like extend our sincerest sympathy to you and your family at this time of sorrow. Ms. Harles was an exceptional person for her devotion to her family and her compassion to the community. Rest In Peace!

  5. Terri please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family for the loss of your Mother. A loss of any family member is difficult but ones own Mother has got to be gut wrenching. I know you put a tremendous amount of effort and care into taking care of her and I pray that you can somehow find comfort in the fact that she no longer has to suffer.

  6. A wonderful person who will be missed greatly. Veta

    Veta winick
  7. I am do sorryfor your loss, my prayers are with you and your family🙏

    DeborahParish Faciane
  8. So sorry to here about your mother. She seemed like a great person. My condolences to your family.

    John Moore
  9. nelda was a very special person a true shining light in my life, she will be missed. she truly made the world a better place. she loved and helped everyone. ill see you again one day nelda, all my love, rest in peace.

    Jim ham
  10. I am sorry to here about Neldas passing, she was everything to me, as well to all those she came into contact with in her daily life. She always referred to me as being her son even though we weren’t. We were inseprable for many years before moving to Huntsville. Terry and Robert I know you and many of us will miss us, but I guarantee she will be with our Lord as we enter the gates of heaven. God Bless you Nelda you will always be remembered.

    Frank Turner, Jim and Reba Ham

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