Nanyrl Felker

Published 5:33 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Nanyrl A. (Nelson) Felker, 87, passed away on Friday, Dec. 24, 2021.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 18, 1934. At a young age, she moved with her family to their farm near Titonka, Iowa, where she lived until graduating from high school. She then attended and graduated from the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. In 1954, she married Dale Richard Felker, the love of her life, an officer in the U.S. Army. Over the course of the next 20 years, they raised their two sons and lived in Germany, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, France and Virginia. At the time of her retirement, she was the school nurse at Thomas Eaton Middle School in Hampton. For more than 30 years, she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Smithfield. Very intelligent, independent, and inquisitive, Nan loved her family and was known for the thoughtful and sound advice she provided to those she knew.

She is survived by her two sons, Dale Richard Felker II and his wife, Janice, of Eastville, and Thomas Nelson Felker and his wife, Barbara, of Charlottesville; four grandchildren, Dale Richard Felker III and his wife, Pasang, of Charlottesville, Steven Russell Felker and his wife, Sara, of Toano, Adam Nelson Felker and his wife, Shane, of Everett, Washington, and Sydney Elizabeth Felker, of Cincinnati, Ohio; six great-grandchildren, Metok, Dawa, Henry, Charles, Charlotte and John; and a brother, Michael Nelson and his wife, Phyllis, of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Richard Felker, and her parents, Sophus Marion Nelson and Beulah Muriel (Schutjer) Nelson.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to her physician, Dr. Beth Klug and to the staff at The Arbors at Port Warwick for their important roles in helping her fulfill her desire to continue living independently until the time of her passing. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar Street, Smithfield, VA 23430; or The Riverside Foundation, 701 Town Center Drive, Suite 1000, Newport News, VA 23606.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Nan will be held at a later date.