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Nell Blue
Nell BlueRed Rose2Nell Bernadine Blue, 74, of Richwood died Monday, January 16, 2017 following a brief illness, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Carl W. and Mary (Doyle) Strebar on April 7, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan. She was a 1960 graduate of Marion Catholic High School. Nell married the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, Dennis Blue, on January 30, 1961 in Sparta, NC.

Nell was a life long member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion. She retired from Ohio State Life in Columbus and had previously worked at Cosmo Plastics in Richwood.

Nell and Dennis shared a beautiful and love-filled life together. She was a devoted mother and doting grandmother/great grandmother. Each and every child and grandchild was the apple of her eye. She was an extremely loving, generous, and loyal wife, mother, and grandmother. "Chances Are", Dennis and Nell are dancing in Heaven.

She was involved in the St. Vincent DePaul ministry and served on the St. Mary bereavement dinner committee. Nothing gave her more joy than having 2 or 3 pews full of family at Christmas Eve Mass.

She enjoyed everything about planning happy family occasions, starting out with each daughter's wedding, grandchildren's baptisms and weddings and other celebrations.

Nell loved gardening, one of her favorite annual projects being beautifying the fairgrounds by decorating the entrances and especially the "red barn".

Besides her parents, Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis, on June 24, 2015; a sister, Bernadine Garrison; two brothers, Charles Strebar and Maurice Strebar.

She is survived by what she believed are her greatest accomplishments, her daughters, Kimberly (Brent) Chapman, Richwood; Brenda (Lari) Blankenship, Prospect; Jane (Matt) Miller, Marysville; and Sondra (Scott) Schneller, Radnor. Nine grandchildren, Brittany Chanley, Keenan (Kristin) Chapman, Chloe (Josh) Graham, Talia (Michael) McKinniss, Lily and Macy Miller, and Elise, Aspen, and Cierra Schneller. Four great-grandchildren, Mckenna Chapman, Luke Graham, and Jackson, Reiss, and Maxden McKinniss. Devoted sister Carol (Walter) Wehenkel, and many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

Calling hours will be Friday January 20, 2017 from 4-7 pm at Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, where a Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held Saturday morning January 21, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion with Rev. Thomas Buffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Price Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 342 North Main Street, Marion, OH 43302 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1335 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215.

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#1 from: joe jerry sloop
 richwood ohio
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

So very sorry to hear your mom was a lovely lady. My god wrap his arms around your family at this time.

#2 from: johna nibert
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:17 PM

So sorry about your Mothers passing.

#3 from: Jeff and Pam Webb
Richwood Ohio
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:50 PM

We send our deepest sympathy to you all.
Nell will be deeply missing by all who knew her.
Our prayer is you find peace knowing she is pain free and reunited with Dennis.
May God be with you all through this difficult time.

#4 from: Nancy Wiley
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Kim, Brenda, Jane, Sondra and families.   What a great mom, grandma, and great grandma she was!  She was a special friend and will be truly missed.  Your dad waiting with open arms and now together again. Thinking of all of you.

#5 from: Marilyn Erdy
Grove City, Ohio
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 5:20 PM

I was so sad to hear of Nells pasding. She was one of my dearest friends for many years..please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathy, Kim, Brenda and Sondra and prayers for all your families.

#6 from: Marilyn Erdy
Grove City, Ohio
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 5:23 PM

Sorry, I forgot to include Jane in expressing my sympathies.

#7 from: Barb Russell
Richwood, ohio
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Kim, Brenda, Jane and Sondra  , Your mother was so proud of each one of you. I worked  with your mom for years , what a fun and caring person she was. My sympathies to you and your families.

#8 from: Peggy Jamison
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 6:41 PM

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing!!  Prayers for comfort and strength for you girls and families!

#9 from: Donna Adams
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:23 PM

So sorry to hear of Nell's passing. I have thought of her often since retiring.
May she rest in peace.

#10 from: Akers Famiy
Essex, Ohio
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Our hearts go out to all of you in your time of sorrow.  With deepest sympathy. The Akers Family

#11 from: Dave Amstutz
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:49 PM

To Nell's family ,  She was the best cookie maker of all time. Every time I stopped to work for her , she always sat me down and visited and had cookies and coffee. I'll miss her.

#12 from: Greg & Ruthie McCloud
Boca Raton, Fl
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 7:32 AM

Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.   May God fill you with the fondest of memories.

#13 from: Karen McMahan
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 7:55 AM

So sorry to hear this, Nell was a great lady!! My prayers are with each one of you.

#14 from: Jani Rankin
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Kim and family, so sorry to hear of your Mom' passing.  Hope it's a comfort knowing that your Mom and Dad are together again.  We are keeping you all in prayer.
                                  Virg and Jani Rankin

#15 from: Donnie and Kathie (Davis) Pfister
 Northfield, Ohio
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 11:14 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Nells passing. She was a great person and always had a smile on her face. We are thinking of all of you at this very difficult time.

#16 from: Judy Nickel
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Dear Kim, Brenda, Jane, and Sondra,  I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, teacher, best friend, and love of your life,  Your Mother was such a wonderful, caring, giving, loving, kind, and disciple of the Lord.  She will be sadly missed by all of those who loved her so much.  May God wrap His loving arms around each of you and give you comfort, peace, and understanding!  God Bless each one of you!  Love you!

#17 from: Fred Smith
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:45 PM

To Nell's' family, I send condolences in her passing, I always enjoyed conversing with her and Denny at the red barn

#18 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:20 PM

To the Family of Nell We want to express our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time she was a great lady to have known and will be missed by all who knew her !

#19 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Russells Point
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 4:11 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother and grandmother.  My sympathy goes to your entire family.

#20 from: Karen Elaine Landon
Ft. Pierce, Fl.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Blue Family,
  May you find comfort in the many special memories of the one you loved so much, at this time of loss.
  My deepest sympathy.

#21 from: Katie Cooper
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 4:53 PM


#22 from: Mary Howell
Marion, Ohio
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Girls, I was so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. What a great lady, I know you girls and your families have wonderful memories of her. You have my deepest sympathy.  Keeping all of you in prayer.

#23 from: Teresa Rockenbaugh
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Sending healing prayers for family!!
Know she is at peace and free of pain.

#24 from: Cindy Oberdier
Ashley, OH
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 6:15 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Nell's passing. She and Dennis are reunited once again. I remember Nell with 4-H but mostly when she stepped in to assist us with the passing of dad and made sure we needed nothing. Nell and Dennis will forever be in my heart and memories.

#25 from: Angela (Davis) Phipps
Mt Victory
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Kim and family sorry to hear the loss of your mom...prayers for all of you at this difficult time as there is nothing like when you loose your mom...may god grant her eternal rest..Amen

#26 from: Don & Peggy Hays
West Mansfield
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 8:08 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Blue family. Your mom and dad were special people ... always had a smile and ready to talk. Prayers for you all.

#27 from: Shelley Ridge
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Kim, Brenda, Jane, Sondra and family so sorry to hear about Nell.  She was a wonderful person always had a smile and a kind word to share with anyone she meant.  Prayers for your comfort and healing.

#28 from: Jerry Green
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:05 AM

So very sorry to hear of Nell's passing: Love and Prayers, Kim,Brenda,Sondra,Jane: I will always remember your Mom as being a very kind and Cheerful Lady..God Bless Your Family...

#29 from: Doug &Sonja (Webb) Horn
Mount Solon, Virginia
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:55 AM

Kim,Brenda,Jane & Sondra,
Thinking of you at this difficult time.

#30 from: Paula Longstreth
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 5:54 AM

Sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kim and your family.

#31 from: Keith and Debbie Thomas
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:25 AM

Prayers for the Blue family for comfort.  May you cherish all of the wonderful memories and be at peace.

#32 from: John and Kay Coder
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:42 AM

I loved Nell Blue she always had a smile so willing to chat with you about her passions and yours she will be missed by many and will always have a special place in my heart .We feel so sorry for the family in what they are going though our prayers and concers are with you.

Love John & Kay

#33 from: Judy Brady
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 8:16 AM

Remembering Nell from years ago as members of the horse club. Amazing lady and oh so pretty. Prayers are with her family for peace and healing from your loss.

#34 from: Peg Miller
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:43 AM

On behalf of Ted and Bettye Miller we are so sorry for your loss. Nell was a one of a kind spirit who was always able to love so well and share her time and energy with her family and really anyone she has the chance to be with.  Our prayers are with your family.

#35 from: Brian and Belinda Nauman and Family
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:49 AM

To the Blue Family,
So sorry for your loss.  We are thinking of you and praying for you all at this time.  Your mom was such a happy and fun lady.  Take Care.

#36 from: Dan and Patti Krebehenne
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Nell's family.  She always had such a beautiful smile.  She was so proud of all of you!❤️

#37 from: Jerry & Peg Gray Weaver
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Kim and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She was a special lady and was loved by all who knew her. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with His peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

#38 from: Richard and Doris Griffith
Richwood OH
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Girls, Just want you to know how sorry we are for your loss of your precious mother.  May your memories sustain you and your God comfort you in the days ahead.  In Christian love, Doris and Richard

#39 from: Ted and Susie Kavanagh
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Thoughts and prayers to all of you in the loss of your mother. She was a very special lady and will be missed.

#40 from: Christie Hunter (Henderson)
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one heck of a great woman. We knew each other for years. May your peace and comfort come from knowing just how special she was. God Bless all.

#41 from: Terry and Kathy Mullen
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Girls- so sorry to hear of your mom's passing! She was always Sweet and caring and was so proud of her family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Terry and Kathy Mullen

#42 from: Rhonda (Cooper) Lane
Bellefontaine, OH
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 6:16 PM

Our deepest sympathy to your family as you comfort each other during this time.  May you all remember the happy times you have shared.  God Bless

#43 from: Carolyn S FULFORD
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 12:42 AM

To Kim and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom.  I know you loved her very much.  She is dancing with the angels now.  She will never be gone as long as you talk of her.

With warmest sympathy,

Carolyn Fulford

#44 from: Karen Wood
Morral OH
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 1:46 PM

My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. May God wrap his healing arms around your family.  I know she will be deeply missed.

#45 from: Mary Beth Hoffman
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:28 PM

My heart is heavy for all you!  I feel so blessed to have many years with your Mom and Dad!  One of my favorite memories was we left school in the blue bomb to bake a heart shaped anniversary cake for them.  They are up there looking down at you guys.  Prayers and thoughts with you all.   Love Mary.

#46 from: Jenn McNamee
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 5:04 PM

My condolences to the whole family.  Nell will always be a person that I will remember forever.  I will never forget all the trick or treat nights that I brought my boys to her house for treats.  She was always dressed up as a clown.  My boys thought it was the funniest thing ever.  If I didn't stop there Grandma Martha would be all over my case.  Once again, I'm so sorry for the loss of a great neighbor.

#47 from: Lynn and Mary Grose
Richwood, Ohio
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 8:22 PM

So sorry for your loss. Nell was a wonderful lady. May God wrap his loving arms around your family and give the most comfort as only he can give! Sending prayers to all the family. Lynn and Mary Grose

#48 from: Sherry Redmond
Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

I enjoyed very much getting to know your family.  These times will be missed by all.

#49 from: Marvilla and Ted Miller
Alliance, Ohio
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 7:49 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. My God send comfort to all in the days ahead.

#50 from: Lynne (Watters) Metzger
currently Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 3:39 PM

To Nell's Family:  I was very lucky to be able to spend a couple of hours with Nell and the other '59ers from Marion Catholic High School just before Christmas.  When I learned of her illness, after I left for Florida, I reached out, and was ready to support her through her fight.  But Jesus took her, and I am so sorry for your loss.
I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.  I'm sure you have thousands of happy, sad, thoughtful, and wonderful stories to share with each other.  I sincerely hope those happy memories will comfort you all through this very sad time.  
I loved getting together with your mother even though we didn't see one another often.  I'm sure the next time I am able to join a '59ers gathering, we will also share stories and memories.  She will be missed.  I will particularly miss her kindness and her ability to always spread happiness and love.  I suspect you all have some of those traits, too.
May God Bless all of you!

#51 from: Sherri Buyer
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Blue Family, I'm truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

God Bless
Sherri Buyer

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