Morrisville couple helps rein in holiday season despite chronic disease
Posted December 6, 2018 7:00 a.m. EST
Morrisville, N.C. — Morrisvile couple Steve and Lee Anne Nebeker can be seen bringing holiday cheer to local businesses each holiday season.
Steve paints well known holiday figures like elves and candy canes on windows at businesses. While he paints, Lee Anne watches and critiques.
Lee Anne's husband is her caretaker and has been for approximately two years. She suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, which requires her to use a wheelchair and limits mobility in her hands.
Steve said Lee Anne was diagnosed at 18 and was expected to have a short life. She is now 60 years old and never leaves Steve's side.
Whenever he paints windows, Lee Anne endures the cold with him by bundling up in her wheelchair.
"She loves it," Steve Nebeker said. "She loves my artwork."
According to his Facebook page, Steve says Lee Anne notifies hims of each crooked line and flaw. Lee Anne's keen eye combined with Steve's years of art experience result in holiday master pieces.
"I'm an artist," he said. "I've been doing art since I was a kid."
In the summer, he uses his artistic abilities to draw caricatures of people at local fairs.
"I draw people on the spot," he said.
While he only does these jobs on the side, Steve says he finds joy in the art he creates for others and especially enjoys having Lee Anne by his side.