Nell M. McNelis, after a productive life, passed away at age 102, on June 11, 2018, with her family at her side. Nell was born and raised in Joplin, MO, where she met the love of her life, Jerry McNelis. They married in 1936 and moved to Arizona in 1945. Nell took great pleasure in raising her five children, but gave of her time as a member of the Sodality at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. After the kids were grown, she went to work at Dillard’s and Goldwater department stores and the gift shop at the Camelback Inn. She enjoyed trips to Hawaii and spent most summers in Pinetop, Arizona. Cherishing her memory are sons, John (Carol), David (Bonnie) and Tom; and daughters Marilyn (Duff) Lawrence and Jennifer (Craig) Johnson. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. We will miss her uplifting spirit, her wonderful sense of humor and thoughtfulness. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:30 A.M., followed by Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A Reception to follow the mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
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