Nilah Kelley, 91

Nilah Maxine Kelley, 91, rural Wabash, died at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10,  at her home.  She was born May 1, 1922 in Wells County, to Jesse and Ora Alice (Sawyer) Nusbaumer.

Nilah was a graduate of Petroleum High School.  She married Eugene D. Kelley in Patterson, N.J. on July 20, 1943.  She worked as the cafeteria manager at Montpelier Schools.  Nilah was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ and an associate member of the U.A.W.  She enjoyed crafts and traveling.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Eugene D. Kelley, Wabash;  four daughters, Marilyn (John) Brunn and Deborah (Terrence) Cusack, both of Wabash, Karen Kelley of Silver Lake, and Sharon (Mick) Strange, Wabash;  five grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Holland, Tampa, Fla., Kelli (Paul) Pais, Waterberry, Conn., Alisha (Stephen) Fritz, Richmond, Va., Stephanie (Kristopher) Willmert, LaFontaine, and Kimberly Strange;  four great-grandchildren, Katie Ebanks and Zoe Ebanks, both of Tampa, Britani D'Amora of Manchester, Conn., and Melina Pais, Waterberry;  three sisters, Juanita Fennig, Bryant, Phyllis (Herbert) Grover, Liberty Center, and Donna (Ted) Stanton, Arcadia, Fla.  She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be held at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, 2147 N. SR 15, Wabash on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 11:30 a.m. with Soloman David officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, and one hour prior to service Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorial is Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

The memorial guest book for Nilah may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Aug 12