On April 07, 1951, Mack and Lula Nelson were blessed with their eldest daughter Veronica Nelson. She was the 4th child of 7 children. She called herself “Princess”. She was outspoken, lively and smart. She was wise beyond her years and excelled in all her schools. Though born in Queens and growing to a young adulthood in Brooklyn, she had a love for Harlem since she was a little girl; traveling there with her father it would eventually become her home.
In the early 1970's, she met James Harper who she had two children with and married in 1982. The two were inseparable; nothing came between them until his death in 2009. Veronica had a way with children and often found herself working as a caregiver even before having her own children. With a caring and protective spirit, children naturally gravitated to her and people knew their child were in good hands with Ronnie.
As a mother she was caring, protective, and stern yet nurturing, demanding the best of her children even if they didn't always agree with her. As a friend she was a confidant and trusted advisor doing whatever she could to help. She didn't pull no punches telling it like it is. She didn't tell you what you wanted to, but what you needed to hear and not taking any mess from anyone.
Her grandchildren were a special joy for her and she adored the four of them calling them her four lights – always thinking about them. On October 13th, she went from labor to reward. Her work here was done.
Veronica leaves to cherish her fond memories, her two children Devon and Alicia, grandchildren Aleena, Aliyana, James, and Alvin, sisters Sharon, Paulette, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who she loved dearly.
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