Regina Nelson "Jeannie" Russell

November 30, 1947 - March 7, 2019
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Richard and Miroslava Bustamante
Rosalie Daly


Regina “Jeannie” Nelson Russell, 71, of Galveston, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019, at UTMB Hospital.  She was born November 30, 1947, in Galveston to parents Captain Daniel Floyd Nelson, Sr. and Anna Belle Guidry Nelson.  She graduated from Ball High school in 1966 and later attended Galveston College and became a registered nurse.

Jeannie was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel F. Nelson, Sr. and Anna Belle Guidry Nelson; and her brother, Daniel F. “Sonny” Nelson, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Edward “Eddie” Garcia; daughters, Shelly Mallia-Patin and husband, David Patin, and Brandy Ousley and husband, Dean; sisters, Desma Guedry, of Las Vegas; Dorothy “Dot” Snyder and husband, Dr. Ned Snyder, of Houston; and Sylvia Boggess of Webster; brother, W.H. “B.B. Nelson and wife, Dorothy, of Galveston; grandchildren: Erin Quinn (David), Chelsea Huffman (Robert), Kyla Walker (Brandon), Daniel Sage, Ariel Sarafian (Christopher), Crystal Narvaez, and Alexis Ousley (William Thomas); 12 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jeannie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Monday, March 11, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.  A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.

Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Pallbearers will be Billy Hugh Nelson, Todd Nelson, David Patin, Guy Nelson, Michael Nelson, and William Thomas.  Dean Ousley will serve as an honorary pallbearer.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 6:00 PM.

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 11:30 am

Galveston Memorial Park


7301 Memorial Drive
Hitchcock, TX 77563

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Timeline for Regina Nelson Russell

Born: November 30, 1947
November 30, 2004
June 2005 Nelson family reunion
June 2005 Nelson family reunion
November 30, 1966
Jeannie Post Graduation
Jeannie Post Graduation
Died: March 7, 2019

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Leslie Guedry posted on 3/15/19

My Aunt Jeannie, I love you and will miss you more than you know. I'm very sad to not have you with us any longer but the Lord called you home. He has other plans. I'll never forget our great talks on the back patio, listening to you and my mama tell stories until someone wet themselves! That is my Aunt Jeannie! A kind, strong hearted woman that always knew how to turn a frown upside down! RIP Aunt Jeannie 💔


Aurora Hernandez posted on 3/13/19

I was so saddened to hear of Jeannie’s passing. She was a wonderful classmate, always smiling and lots of fun. Rest in Peace, Jeannie. My Condolences to the family.


Richard DeVries posted on 3/12/19

So sorry for your loss. Jennie was a wonderful classmate and was always mindful of everyone.


Mary Ann Lyons posted on 3/11/19

I remember Jeannie as being very outgoing ,funny, full of life and am so glad she was one of my classmates during my junior high and high school years. she was definitely the life of the party! Continue shining brightly Jeannie as you always have! love Mary Ann


Diane Mears posted on 3/11/19

Deepest Condolence! Prayers with Eddie and family. Ms. Jeannie was one of the sweetest ladies I had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed! GOD SPEED JEANNIE


Nancy A Burch posted on 3/11/19

Brandie, so sorry for loss of your mom. My mom passed a year and a half ago, and I still think about her every day . Keep all the good memories close


Mich E. posted on 3/10/19

My condolences to Mr. Russell and his family. Many happy memories of Jeannie be with you all, and I hope that these promises from Jehovah God will help you endure. "Do not be anxious....but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 25:8 NWT.


Melody Rygaard Smith posted on 3/10/19

We are so saddened by the loss of Jeannie. A friend from Stephen F. Austin and Ball High School days, she was constantly in motion and there was never a dull moment when she was around. We shared many a bus ride as seatmates on out of town trips with the Tornettes and the BHS football team. Sleep in Heavenly peace Jeannie. Till we meet again... 😪


Elena Jo Schaaf Petree posted on 3/10/19

Jeannie and I had a great time together while in elementary school. She had a wonderful sense of humor. I remember spending many nights her house and her mother always making us homemade french fries. They were a treat. I later had the privilege of teaching both of her lovely daughters at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Galveston. I am sorry I cannot attend the services. I send my sympathy to the entire Nelson Family.


Danielle Arnett posted on 3/10/19

I used to tend to Brandy and Shelly during the years that they bowled at Seahorse Lanes in Galveston. Jeannie always tried to stay in contact after that by sending messages of greeting through my brother. I always appreciated her thought to reach out and have never forgotten Jeannie or her girls. My hope is that Jeannie is at peace and that her daughters can also find peace as they miss her. Jeannie was a nice lady.


Susan Anderdon posted on 3/9/19

In memory of Regina Nelson "Jeannie" Russell, Susan Anderdon lit a candle


Chelsea posted on 3/9/19

Mimi, you will be forever missed. ♡


Amie Arnold posted on 3/9/19

So sorry for your family loss , may God comfort you all during this difficult time . Love you Brandy


Pam Pursley Duplan posted on 3/9/19

Our sincere condolences to Shelly, Brandy, and family. From Pam, Joe, Alexa, and Marissa


Paula Hebert posted on 3/9/19

Jeannie, you were one of the first people I met when I moved to Galveston several years ago I never thought that the lady and gentlemen that came in for a natural light at almost the same time every late afternoon would become my closest friend. You made me feel like I belonged there then you welcomed me into your home and family. Heaven received a special angel and I will forever cherish the memories and laughter I shared with you. I will forever carry you in my heart. Shelly words can not express how much your mom meant to me, know that I loved her dearly. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to y’all. Jeannie till we meet again my sweet friend Rest In Peace. Deepest sympathy Paula Hebert


Lorraine Ward posted on 3/9/19

It is now your time to rest in peace my dear friend. You will always be in my memories and heart. Shelly and Brandy I mentioned I would be out of town. I will miss giving you a hug. Stay strong sweet girls.


Richard and Miroslava Bustamante posted on 3/9/19

Wonderful memories sitting with Jeannie and Eddie watching football and reminiscing childhood memories with her about late brother Gabriel Bustamante. May she Rest In Peace and have glory in Jesus Christ Name Amen 🙏🏻


Lee Roy Biondo posted on 3/9/19

Sorry to hear about the loss of another childhood friend. Can't begin to count the number sandwiches I had at her house when we were going to grade school at Sacred Heart. After high school, we sort of lost touch with one another, but many years later she worked with my wife for a couple of years at the Shriner's Burn Research lab. Funny how "good ole" friends never leave us. Jeannie, may you rejoice upon seeing God's face in Heaven. Lee Roy Biondo.


ROBERT PLUMMER posted on 3/9/19

Our heart are sadden to lose another cousin. Jeannie will be missed by all. We send our love and prayers are with all her family. RIP


Rosalie Daly posted on 3/9/19

In memory of Regina Nelson "Jeannie" Russell, Rosalie Daly lit a candle


Mary Ann Mallia Kirklin posted on 3/9/19

You've earned your place in heaven and you left this world a better place with your beautiful kind daughters and grand children. Watch over them. Love you one and all. RIP.


Cynthia Marie Wilkinson posted on 3/9/19

Sincerest condolences from Jeannie's classmate.


Mains posted on 3/8/19

Condolances to the family Our prayers are foe you RIP Jeanne Ken & Shirley Main


Doris Nelson posted on 3/8/19

Rest In Peace sweet Jeannie