Nella G. Thurman

October 28, 1946 ‒ July 16, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Nella G. Thurman, age 74, of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Knox Community Hospital.

She was born on October 28, 1946, in Clarksburg, West Virginia to the late Leonard Dofflemyer and Wilma (Long) Smith.  Nella worked for many years at Harts and later at K-Mart.  She enjoyed playing Bingo, going to a casino and traveling.  Nella was an animal lover.  But most of all, she cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.

She is survived by her companion, of over 21 years, Jim Donaldson; her son Bob (Cheryl) Schetzel; two grandchildren, Alicia Schetzel, Marie (Kevin) Davidson; three great grandchildren, Gabryel Davidson, Nevaeh Davidson, Ashlyn Davidson; and her brother Tim (Diana) Smith.

In addition to her parents, Nella was preceded in death by her husband William Thurman.

In keeping with Nella’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  The family will observe a graveside service in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Animal Shelter or to the Knox County Humane Society.

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  • Bob I’m so sorry to hear about your mother I know you were close to her she is in a much better place now as we all know we send our condolences and hope you are doing well under the circumstances

  • Jim and Bob- sorry to hear of Nella’s passing. She was such a sweet person and always very good to me and my family. May God provide peace for you and yours.

  • Bobby,
    I am so sorry to hear this. I’m going to miss talking to her. God got him a beautiful angel. May God comfort you and Cheryl and the girls .

  • So sorry to hear of Nella’s passing. Nella was a client of mine, I did her hair every week for a few years! One of the best people I know, I’m so blessed to have met her and have her in my life! Sending prayers to the family and friends!

  • Jim, Bob, Cheryl, Alicia and Marie:
    I was so sorry to hear about Nella‘s passing. She and I enjoyed a wonderful friendship for over 30 years and I will miss not being able to call her and chat. I find comfort in knowing that she is in a better place. She will be missed by all who knew her. May the peace of God surround you and lead you through the times ahead.
    Much love to all of you.

  • sorry to hear this
    For so long as kids she was my 2nd mom
    Such a wonderful smile and just a sweet person

  • Bob and Cheryl,
    Mitch and I are very sorry for your loss. You r in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mitch and Susie Simpson

  • Bob, Nella and I talked about you often and she loved you, her grandchildren and Jim so much. I almost called her today as she and i talked often. We texted things back and forth, she would often ask me a medical question and we checked in on each other often. I miss her so much and know you do too. She is rejoicing with Our Lord and at rest with no more suffering.

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