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Nellie F. Ferrell (nee Nichols), 89, of Lorain, Ohio, passed away at her residence on the evening of Wednesday (April 13, 2016).
She was born in Fairmont on Dec. 31, 1926, and was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. Nellie had been a resident of Lorain since 1953.
Mrs. Ferrell had been employed by the Lorain City School System for 20 years, working primarily at Homewood Elementary.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont and had most recently attended First United Methodist Church in Elyria. Nellie had formerly served as a member and past president of the P.T.A. at Homewood Elementary, Whittier Junior High and Southview High schools. She was also a longtime member of Day Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In her free time, Mrs. Ferrell enjoyed recreational flying with her husband and held the distinction of flying with him nearly every day for a number of years. In addition, Nellie and her husband formed many lasting friendships through a variety of clubs of which they were members.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ray; and daughters, Deborah K. Harris (Randy) of Fairmont, Terri L. Brown (Richard) of Akron, Michele L. Spiroff of Avon and Sandra Jo Penman (William) of Sugarland, Texas. She also leaves sons, Richard N. Ferrell (Bonnie) of Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Michael R. Ferrell of Elyria; along with 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, Nelson and Edna (nee Paige) Nichols; son-in-law, George Spiroff; brothers, Marvin, Howard, Thomas and Herschel; sister, Willa Nichols; and niece, Harriet Lorraine Adkins.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today in the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
To share your memories with Nellie's family, please visit www.gluvna.net.
Published on April 15, 2016
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