Della Fay Eller, 93, was born in Purlear on Dec. 30, 1926, and went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Fay’s parents were Romulus Don Nichols and Mary Lou Lovette Nichols.

Fay was a truly wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.

She attended West Wilkes in Millers Creek. Fay also attended two years at Davis Nursing School in Statesville. She worked for F.W. Woolworths in Baltimore, Md., retiring as a store manager after 25 years. She also worked for 10 years at the Goody’s store in Wilkesboro, retiring a second time at age 78.  

Fay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Henry Eller; a son, James A. Eller; a daughter, Kay Eller Love; two grandsons, David Dalecki and Christopher Eller; and two brothers, Quentin Nichols and Kermit Nichols.

She is survived by her children, Renee Eller, Regina Lanzl, John Eller, Don Eller and wife, Betsy, and Theresa Groves and husband, Barry; a daughter-in-law, Ann Eller; a son-in-law, Bruce Love; and a special son, Glenn Faw and wife, April. She had 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Fay is also survived by her sister, Ruth Nichols; a brother-in-law, Joe Eller and wife, Peggy; sister-in-law, Mary Fox; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Purlear Baptist Church, 181 Shingle Gap Road, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service. The family will greet guests from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., prior to the service. Pastor Jamie McGuire will conduct the service.

Pallbearers will be Ted Dalecki, Justin Lanzl, Don Eller and Glenn Faw.

A celebration of life meal will follow at the Charity Community Church fellowship hall, 728 Charity Church Road, Millers Creek, sponsored by Purlear Baptist Church family.

Flowers will be accepted and food donations may be delivered to the Charity Community Church fellowship hall.

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