NELMS, LYNDA

NELMS, Lynda Gunther. "You do the right thing because it's the right thing to do." Lynda Gunther Nelms, 76, of Richmond, Va., died peacefully at her home on June 5, 2019. She is survived by her son, George Gilmer Minor IV of Chicago; and her daughter and son-in-law, Cameron Minor Cummings and Jack; and grandchildren, Watkins, Adeline and Bryson, all of Richmond. Lynda was born November 30, 1942, to Dorothy and Lynwood Gunther. She was raised in Richmond and graduated from Douglas Southall Freeman High School, Mary Washington College and the Medical College of Virginia as a straight-A student. She was a lifelong learner and student of her craft, dedicating her time and energy to supporting the needs of others while continuing to study, teach and mentor a younger generation of clinicians taking specific interest in the unique challenges associated with brain injury and trauma. As a physical therapist, Lynda was a master clinician and touched the lives of thousands of patients throughout her career. She taught in the PT program at MCV and mentored countless numbers of PTs across her career. She shared her talents in many hospitals and clinics, including Children's Hospital of Charlottesville, St. Mary's Hospital, Stuart Circle Hospital, Sheltering Arms Hospital, Glenburnie Rehab and Nursing Center, Richmond Community Hospital, the Rehab Hospital of Virginia, where she was one of a core group of therapists to start the program and finally at Memorial Regional Medical Center, where she worked from 1995 until 2017, when she had to retire due to her deteriorating health. Lynda was proud to have celebrated almost 29 years of sobriety. She was active in the AA community in Richmond and helped many others in finding new life in sobriety while remaining committed to her own lifelong journey of growth and healing. Lynda' s greatest calling was being the very best "Mimi" to Watkins and Bryson, but especially to Adeline, with whom she shared a bond like no other. She was always the Team Mom/Room Mom for her children's teams and classes and was at every game, performance and event for all of her grandchildren. Lynda loved taking care of her grandpuppies, Cooper and Stella, playing tennis, skiing, reading, playing mahjong, working puzzles and following college basketball. She found great joy and peace in riding horses near Fullstream Farm in Goochland, reading a book on the beach in North Carolina and tending to her plants and yard on Bromley Lane, where she resided for over 30 years. Lynda lived a rich and full life. She leaves behind a legacy of service, volunteering, compassion for others, unconditional love, hope and resilience. She will be dearly missed by her family, her loving friends, her devoted colleagues and her beloved students. A memorial service will be held at HOPE Church, 12445 Patterson Ave., on Monday, June 17, at 11 a.m. with a reception following. The family would like to thank Bon Secours Palliative Care and Hospice for their attentive care. Memorial donations can be made to the SPARC Live Art program online at sparcrichmond.org or mailed to SPARC at 2106 North Hamilton Street, Richmond, Va. 23230 or to the VCU Physical Therapy Department through the MCV Foundation online at mcvfoundation.org or mailed to The MCV Foundation at P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, Va. 23298.

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