Nellie Baarslag Poster, beloved wife of the late Gerbrand Poster, died on August 9, 2015. She was 98 years old.
The daughter of the late Anton Frederik and Casperine Hermine (Groeneveld) Baarslag, Nellie was born on Long Island, New York, on 24 August 1916. She spent the next 18 years of her life alternating between New York and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, then attended the Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, graduating with a degree in fashion design.
She worked in New York designing fashions (primarily knitwear) for various houses and publications, perhaps most notably the monthly magazine Woman’s Day. She married Gerbrand Poster in 1940, and in 1951 they and their young family moved to Briarcliffe Acres, near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she opened a yarn shop, as her husband began Coastal Federal Savings and Loan. As they raised their family, she also continued her design work; among her many projects were a knitwear line for Tina Leser designs and the altar kneelers for The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nellie loved teaching, and after retiring from business she formed various small groups of women who wished to learn the arts and crafts of needlework.
In 2005, she moved from Myrtle Beach to Greenville, South Carolina, to live at Westminster Retirement Community and resumed her teaching and designing work, including various projects for Christ Church (Episcopal), Greenville, of which she was a joyful communicant. When her health began to fail in 2013 she moved to Deerfield Retirement Community in Asheville, North Carolina. Nellie is survived by her brother, Anton Frederik Baarlag Jr. of Buffalo, New York; her son, Gerbrand Poster III of Greenville; her daughter, Jan Poster Denny (husband Ray) of Weaverville, North Carolina, and her son Anton Frederik Baarslag Poster (wife Teresa) of Myrtle Beach; her grandchildren, Gerbrand Poster IV (wife Karyn), John Denny (wife Susan) Jeff Denny (wife Beth) (all of Raleigh, North Carolina), Andy Poster (of North Conway, New Hampshire), Marjorie Poster Rodgers (husband Mark) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lauren Nellie Poster of Charlotte, North Carolina and great-grandchildren Gerbrand Poster V, Abraham Zane Poster, Julia Mariele Poster, John Davenport (Jack) Denny, Katherine Elizabeth (Kate) Denny (all of Raleigh), Zachary Poster and Vaera Poster (of North Conway, New Hampshire) Zoey Rodgers and Ellie Rodgers (of Myrtle Beach, SC)
The family wishes to extend great thanks to the staff of Skilled Nursing at Deerfield, the staff of CarePartners and the staff of Home Instead.
"A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at twelve noon at Markley Chapel, Christ Episcopal Church, Greenville, SC, officiated by The Reverend Robert Chiles. The family will be at their respective homes.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Nellie Poster Memorial Fund, Christ Church (Greenville), 10 North Church Street, Greenville SC, 29601, Deerfield Retirement Community, Designated to the Residency Fund, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family in person or at the services at Christ Church.