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Marcella Mae Nichelson

June 11, 1929 — April 27, 2023

Marcella Hembree Nichelson, age 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Ellijay, Georgia.  She was the daughter of the late Willis and Irene Markley.

Marcella was born in Coshocton, Ohio eventually relocating to Blue Ridge, Georgia to raise her family.  She established herself as a remarkable homemaker for her four beloved children Shirley, Cindy, Marilyn and Robert. A member of the Etowah River Church of Christ her faith in God was strong throughout her life.  

Marcella was never one to have idle hands or mind. She found great joy in artistry be it painting, crocheting, knitting, quilting, or beautiful seamstress creations.  Marcella was always creating beautiful things to share with the world and the world is better for it.  She especially enjoyed spending time outdoors hiking through the woods of North Georgia marveling at God’s creation and spending time with her cherished family.

Preceding Marcella in death were her Sisters Nancy Bailey and Mary Grace Holdsworth (Husband Charles Holdsworth) first husband Raleigh Hembree, second husband Everett Nichelson, and her son Robert Harold Hembree

Surviving are: Brother in Law Lyle Bailey,  3 children: Marilyn Godfrey of Dawsonville, GA, Cindy Crump (husband James) of Dahlonega, GA and Shirley Williams (husband Jerry) of Blue Ridge, GA; 6 grandchildren: Steve Godfrey (wife Jennifer), Tara Nichelson (husband Noah), Roger Jarrard (wife Kayla), Teofilo Serrano, Mark Williams (wife Kelly), Amy Thumm (husband Alby); 11 great grandchildren; Daughton Godfrey (wife Leann), Jace Godfrey (fiancé Brandy) and Kailer Godfrey, Coleman and Madeleine Nichelson, Brooke Contegiacomo (husband Austin), Mally Roeder (husband Jordan), Macey Williams, Justin Baney ( fiancé Sarah), Mckinley and Emileigh Baney; 3 great-great grandchildren: Steven Godfrey, Raleigh Godfrey, Huck Roeder. 

Graveside service will be held at Chastian Memorial Park in Blue Ridge, Georgia on May 6th at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent in memory of Marcella Nichelson to Camp Wetoga, 500 Mill Road, Morganton, GA  30560.
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