MRS WILLIAM NELSON.
It is with very deep regret that we have to chronicle the death of Mrs William Nelson, which occurred at her late residence, “Waikoko,” Tomoana, on Sunday night. The deceased lady, who was about 75 years of age, was a daughter of the late Bishop William Williams, who came to New Zealand from England in 1845 and carried on missionary work amongst the Maoris in the Bay of Islands, and was a sister of the late Bishop William Leonard Williams, and of the late Mr J.N. Williams, of Frimley. She was born at the Bay of Islands, and for some time during the Maori War resided near Gisborne. She was married to Mr William Nelson some 37 years ago, being his second wife. There were two children of the marriage, a son and daughter. The daughter, who was Mrs George Cotterill, died some time ago, and the son, Mr Lionel Nelson, of the firm Messrs J.J. Niven and Co., is at present in England. The late Mrs Nelson had been in failing health for some time, but it was only during the last few days that the illness took a serious turn.
The late Mrs Nelson was of rather a retiring nature, but her kindly and generous disposition won for her many friends. She was ever ready to help any worthy cause.
Heartfelt sympathy will be extended to the bereaved husband and relatives. As a mark of respect for the deceased lady, flags on many business premises in Hastings and Napier were flown at half-mast yesterday.