TITANIC HERO: Submitted: 02/10/12
Good Morning Denise,
Today’s modern day HEROINE is YOU!
Please know, I believe YOU are an advocate for that piece of history and the people all around the World who are connected to TITANIC.
Be encouraged in the lives you are touching and have ministered to.
Sunday will be a huge celebration here at Watersong, and you are the major part of it … this event wouldn’t even be happening if I hadn’t met you. It’s an honor for me to have met you, work with you and have you at Watersong this Sunday. It will be very special to honor your Father as well.
Denise, I believe this is the just the start of some amazing things, God has planned for our friendship/connection this year.
I’m praying for you and looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Sharon Larson, Watersong.
Word of Thanks. Submitted: June 20, 2012.
Charlotte came in today to the library and she was so absolutely thrilled to receive a beautiful thank you note and beautiful picture of you. That was so very nice of you to send it to her. It really made her day and I know how busy you are and to stop to make someone else feel great is so very special. I thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to send her a warm, personal thank you note.
That gesture is as big as the “Titanic” and is from your very big heart!
Warmest and bestest wishes, Kel
Mrs. Denise Vanaria is a Thomas and Helen Andrews/Titanic historian and an expert on Edwardian costuming. Among Ms. Vanaria’s many credits are Robert Ballard’s film “Titanic Revealed,” and the Broadway musical “Titanic.” Her Titanic artifacts and meticulously restored Edwardian clothing, which she wears at all appearances, have for many years been exhibited at “The Titanic Experience” in Orlando. She is also active in the Belfast Titanic Schools Project; the Nomadic Preservation Society; British Titanic Society; and the Belfast Titanic Society.
Ms. Vanaria’s extraordinary knowledge of Helen (Mrs. Thomas) Andrews, and a stunning twin-like resemblance, enable her to bring this relatively unknown woman back to life thereby unveiling new information about the Titanic tragedy. Helen Andrews was her husband’s closest confidant, and Ms. Vanaria encourages the audience to become intimately acquainted with Mrs. Andrews. During this unforgettable performance we find ourselves smiling, laughing, crying, and mourning with “those left behind” as Helen discovers herself, her womanhood, her future, and her incredibly passionate love for her beloved “Tommie.”
Thomas Andrews, Managing Director of the Harland & Wolff Design Department, was often in disagreement with the safety arrangements. Nevertheless, he labored tirelessly to make Titanic, in his own words, “as nearly perfect as human brains can make her.” After collision with the iceberg, Andrews’ final hours were spent trying to evacuate the women and children of Titanic. He made absolutely no attempt to save himself and his body was never recovered.
Helen Andrews was inconsolable. Like most Titanic widows she never received closure, albeit she heroically soldiered on marrying shipbuilder Henry Harland in 1917. Nevertheless, Helen’s devotion to her beloved Tommie stayed true. Helen (Nellie) never stopped waiting for Tommie to come home until they were reunited in death 54 years later.
Titanic-Mrs. Thomas Andrews is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Kuta Sr.
Thank you for always believing in me Dad.
Couldn’t have done it without you….still can’t.
Denise (Nellie) 2013
Paternal great grandparents, Frank & Sophia on their wedding day in 1903.
Nellie’s Titanic Dogs.
Denise (Nellie) holding her father’s photograph. November 2011.
Photo credit: David Callahan
James William Lester. Lost on Titanic. Aged 40 years. Great, Great Uncle to Denise D. Vanaria. Denise continues her research on the life of James & will soon have a dedication page on this site.