Nell Bruner, 93, died Monday February 19, 2018, at Moses Cone Hospital after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe M. Bruner Jr. Nell was born June 21, 1924, to Sarah Brown Edmiston and Perl Grey Edmiston in Mount Ulla, North Carolina. She was one of four children. She attended both Queens and Catawba Colleges before marrying Joe in February of 1946 after his return from World War II. The couple lived in several states as his employment with Coca Cola sent them to Georgia, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. They finally settled in Greensboro, NC. Son Joseph Edmiston Bruner was born in Americus, Georgia in 1948 and daughter Susan was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1955.
Surviving to cherish Nell’s memory are her children and descendants. These include her son Joe Bruner and Betty Schadle, Joe’s son Bo and wife Brooke and their two daughters Caroline and Kate; Joe's daughter Amy Bruner de Rodriguez and husband Charly and their daughter Olivia Rodriguez Bruner, and Dorothy Davis, Bo and Amy’s mother. Also included are her daughter Susan Bruner Bradner and husband Kenneth Lee Bradner and their sons John Joseph Bradner and wife Katie and Matthew Lee Bradner and wife Ana.
Nell is also survived by her sister Ruth Hunter and her sister-in-law Rachel Edmiston as well as many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nell’s two brothers, Jim and Ed predeceased her.
Nell was a wonderful homemaker and seamstress. Once Susan reached junior high in 1968, Nell went to work for First Union. When she retired, she was a manager at the Davie Street First Union in Greensboro. As a parishioner of First Presbyterian Church, Nell was a Sunday school teacher and an active member in Women's Circle Group and Bethany.
Nell's husband, Joe, enjoyed over 33 years of lasting sobriety through AA, and in turn, both Joe and Nell were very active and dedicated sponsors and leaders for AA and consequently developed and nurtured many lasting friendships in both AA and Al-Anon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Fellowship Hall of Greensboro.
Most people that knew Nell will remember foremost her vibrant personality; her love of family, family reunions, and grandbabies; her fondness for pimento cheese, chocolate, and flowers; and her many devoted mutual friendships. She loved doing for others: hosting family dinners, finding just the right gift, and hand-making beautifully crafted baskets and ornaments for her loved ones. Nell had a gift for inspiring love, care, and kindness in her family and beyond. Even after death her generosity extended to donating her body for medical research at Wake Forest School of Medicine (“they can learn something from this long-lived body of mine”).
A celebration of Nell's life will be held June 23rd, 2018, at her son’s home.
A line from a song by Ed Sheeran says it well, "When God takes you back, he'll say Hallelujah you're home." (… and just in time to join the greeting party at Heaven’s gate for Nell’s beloved Reverend Graham two days later…a party that Nell surely did not want to miss!)