Mary Nelle Hanauer Nash was born August 27, 1900. She went home to be with her Lord whom she loved and served, on March 24, 2003.
Nelle Nash became acquainted with the Grace Message through the teaching of a pastor at the Sharpsburg Methodist church where he taught J. C. O'Hair's "Message of Grace". Through diligent study she came to understand about "rightly dividing" the Word of God. Upon retirement of that pastor she began attending a Bible teaching church, the Evangelical and Reformed Church. When there arose a controversy with the Synod, regarding the money that a well to do citizen had left to "his church", several of the members decided it was time to become an undenominational, independent church, one who taught the message of God's grace as given to the Apostle Paul and to sever ties with the Synod.
Nelle, among others, was diligent to lay the ground work which became a reality in January, 1964.
Nelle was a school teacher before her marriage to Orrin Nash, Jr. in 1925. Her teaching abilities carried through in her teaching of adults and children through Sunday School classes, Child Evangelism Fellowship teacher training classes, and Good Hews Clubs. She also taught Bible Study classes for ladies until 1997 when her eyesight failed. In 2002, not being able to see, she dictated "A Trail from 'Here' to 'There'", which is a plan of salvation, including Scripture verses.
Mary Nelle Nash, 102, of Edinburg died at 4:43 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2003, in Taylorville Care Center.
She was born August 27, 1900, in Wileys, the daughter of Henry J. and Lucy McAdoo Hannauer. She married Orin S. Nash, Jr. on March 19, 1925. He died June 3, 1972. She moved to Edinburg in 1976. She was a retired teacher. She attended Wileys Grade School, Taylorville High School, and Normal University. She taught school for five years. She taught Bible classes which included Sunday School, Good News Clubs for children, Child Evangelism Fellowship Teachers training classes and Ladies Midweek Bible Study groups in Edinburg and Taylorville for over 57 years. She was a charter member of both Grace Memorial Church in Edinburg and Edinburg Lioness Club, serving as chaplain for many years. She was honored as a community leader by Christian County Millenium Milestones in 2000. She was co-chairman of Edinburg Labor Day Parade.
Surviving are her daughter, Margaret (husband Alvin) Boggs of Springfield; sons:Wendell O. (wife Julia) Nash of Peoria, Harlan E. (wife Sue) Nash of Godfrey and Donald H. (wife Genie) Nash of Colts Neck, NJ.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen Hanauer of Taylorville; one niece and one nephew; several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Harlan Hanauer.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, in Sutton Memorial Home Chapel, with Rev. Ken Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the funeral home.