Novella Kathern Nelson, 83, of Holcomb, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott, Ark.
Born November 4, 1920, daughter of the late William Allen and Clara Emma Lowery Neal, she was a homemaker, a head start teacher's aid for 3 years, and was of the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
On November 24, 1935, she married Robert Edward Nelson in Forty and Eight, Ark., who preceded her in death on January 23, 1997.
Survivors include seven daughters, Nancy Robinson, of Campbell, Juanita Rees, of Gordonville, Mo., Linda Shaw, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Patricia Burton, of Campbell, Hope Schurman, of Arnold, Mo., Pamela Porter, of Taneyville, Mo., and Diane Ellison, of Perryville, Mo.; four sons, David Nelson, of West Memphis, Ark., Rick Nelson, of Campbell, Tim Nelson, of Yellville, Ark., and Jim Nelson, of St. Francis, Ark.; three sisters, Omga Lovette, of Round Lake, Ill., Berniece Gardner, of Circle City, Mo., and Sue Maulding, of Festus, Mo.; 38 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Nelson and Ricky Nelson; one granddaughter, Carol Shaw; three brothers, James Neal, Billy Neal, and Jessie Neal; and one sister, Jean Evans.
Visitations were held Sunday, July 18, at Landess Funeral Home of Campbell.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 19, at Landess Funeral Chapel in Campbell, with the Reverend Luther Crane officiating.
Burial followed at Loyd Cemetery in Holcomb.