Nancy Gwendolyn Eller Nicklas, passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Baptist Health, Lexington of complications from chronic lung disease. She was born in Wilkes County on July 8, 1937, to Gwyn and Ola Staley Eller who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Wesley Thomas Nicklas. She was a graduate of Millers Creek High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State. Following her marriage, she moved away from her home state and had been a resident of Lexington, Ky., for 55 years. She was a dedicated member of Rosemont Baptist Church, where she worked as a secretary and volunteered in the nursery. Gwen was a homemaker and devoted to her family.
Survivors include three daughters, Celeste (David) McRae of Lexington, Wendy (Neil) Gluckman of Decatur, Ga., and Christy Nicklas (Jim Graves) of Washington, D.C. Gwen is survived by four grandchildren Logan McRae, Madison McRae, Eric Gluckman and Emily Gluckman. A beloved brother, Colbert Eller, and niece, Melody Eller, of North Wilkesboro survive her, along with many cousins from the large Eller and Staley families. Gwen never missed an opportunity to visit her friends and family in Wilkes and was proud of her North Carolina roots. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Milward Funeral Directors, 391 Southland Drive Lexington, with burial following in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rosemont Baptist Church, 556 Rosemont Garden, Lexington, Ky., 40503. www.milwardfuneral.com