Laurnel "Nellie" Landrus, a Fridley woman whose charitable endeavors included helping scores of families hit by natural disasters to rebuild their homes.Family and friends gathered this morning (Friday) to remember
Nellie, 56, died in early August of a lung disease.
Known as a behind-the-scenes volunteer worker at her church (Atonement Lutheran in New Brighton), Nellie also made the St. Philip's Lutheran Church Disaster Relief program as one of her primary charitable ministries.
The St. Philip's Disaster Relief ministry is comprised of volunteers from the Fridley church and surrounding area. They have made more than 20 mission trips to held victims of flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters to rebuild their homes.
Nellie accompanied the group on trips to such places as North Dakota, Iowa and Louisiana. She volunteered more than 600 hours to St. Philip's Disaster Relief and logged more than 25,000 miles of traveling.
See the Patch videos with this report to hear reflections about Nellie from St. Philip's Disaster Relief coordinators Mike Anderson and Renee Johnson.