Baggerley Funeral Home

930 South Broadway, Edmond, OK


Nelda June Sorrell

July 17, 1937January 7, 2020

Nelda June Sorrell was born on July 17, 1937 to Frances and Mable Doolittle in Clovis, New Mexico. She was the youngest of six children (Ruby, Melvin, Dale, Glenn, and Edith). ‘Home’ was a house built of adobe bricks with a tin roof. The house blended into the surrounding landscape; Nelda’s dad had made the bricks himself from the ground the house sat on. A tall windmill and chicken houses- one made of empty oil cans that had been mortared together and another of collected glass bottles- marked the homestead.

In the summer of 1953, Nelda met her would-be husband, Edward Lee Sorrell, and after a long-distance courtship, they married on January 10, 1957. Their life together was full of many adventures. They had three children, Leland, Arlan, and Lynette, and lived in Springfield, MO and California before retiring in Guthrie, OK in 1986.

As a young girl, Nelda developed a love for learning that lasted her lifetime. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Whittier College, worked as a school teacher and librarian, and applied her intellectual talent to aid the success of many charitable and financial pursuits.

Nelda loved the Lord and her family, and church was her life. Although physically handicapped for much of her life, her focus was always on what she could accomplish without complaining about physical limitations.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Sorrell, and is survived by her children Leland Sorrell, Arlan Sorrell and wife Sarah, Lynette McMillan and husband Malcolm, six grandchildren and their spouses, and ten great-grandchildren.


  • Jarrad McMillan
  • Michael Sorrell
  • Corey Young
  • Dale Doolittle
  • Gary Doolittle
  • Nick Probst


  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020


Nelda June Sorrell

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Dorothy (Dillard) Banks

January 12, 2020

Another faithful saint has made it home. Sister Nelda and the Sorrell family were a blessing while living in Bakersfield California in the 70's. Sending love and prayers, trusting that God will bless you all through this portion of the journey. Thank God for the precious memories that will lift your hearts in the days ahead.

Jonathan Carver

January 12, 2020

Lynette, Malcolm, Arlan, Leland and all of the family - Please know that you are all in our prayers. We loved your mother and her sweet, sweet spirit from the first time we met. Her quiet, ever present smile has been an inspiration to us and always was an example of God's spirit on display. We truly aspire to follow in the same path, as we know she followed Christ - leaving a beautiful heritage and legacy for everyone who was privileged to know her. God bless you all and be encouraged that she is fully whole and present with the Lord. We love you!

Karen Francisco

January 12, 2020

Sister Nelda leaves such a sweet memory and she showered so much love over everyone. Even I had a direct experience of her sweetness when I made a call to her within the last 3 years and we had a long & lovely conversation. I did not see her often but I told her how much I had always respected and admired her and her parents from as long ago as when I was a young girl in Bakersfield in the late '50s. Her influence is one of genuine uniqueness and she has given all of us something very special to treasure. Blessings to the family and those she loved.

Norma Francisco

January 11, 2020

I had the priviledge of driving Sis Sorrell from Pacoima to Oakland after a campmeeting. I learned so much about salvation from her. In particular I learned tho the outward man perish, the inward man is renewed day by day... thus, focus on our souls inspite of our frailties. She made me feel like we were best friends. She portrayed joy and godliness. Sending my prayers for comfort and peace to all the family, including my family.
NK Francisco

Marshall and Melonie Whitson

January 11, 2020

We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to Leland, Arlan, and Lynette, and to all of her beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was so loved and will be so missed!! She is worthy of all the kind words and honor that is given in memory of her. She was truly a great lady! We are thinking of her and of you all today.

Sis.. Shirley Jennings Nutt

January 11, 2020

Sis Nelda was a sweet saint , always had a smile when ever I saw her . Her life was one to be patterned after. She will be missed but she has earned her reward . May God continue to bless and comfort the family .

Good night Sis Nelda till we meet again. Heaven has gained a golden nugget.

Say hello to mom for me , Sis Naomi Jennings.

Sis Shirley Jennings-Nutt

Sheri Rich

January 10, 2020

Sis. Nelda a godly woman with no guile. Such an example for all of us to follow. Faithful to her God. Always in service to her Lord. A servant to her Brothers and sisters in the Lord. A powerful prayer warrior to the church. She showed us how to be joyful in afflictions and to raise above this earthly realm to the heavenly kingdom while here below. Her kind words will be charished by those of us who are left behind. We loved and respected her and shall miss her greatly. The Rich Family

Wilma Louise Welch

January 10, 2020

"Mother, I can't get baptized. I am afraid of water", The 13 year-old Wilma (Melot) importuned. I met the Doolittle family for the first time at the Jefferson, Oregon Campmeeting. There was Edith, Dale, Glen, and young 10 year old Nelda.
I was caring for my 4 young siblings sitting on a palette near the C.M. cabin we occupied. The Doolittle's introduced themselves to me, and soon we all started singing in harmony. It was a joyful time I will never forget.
I went to the altar one night and found lasting salvation. But my fear of the ice cold river water nearby kept me praying for a week . When I stepped out into the dreaded river,all fear was gone.The memory of that baptizing is etched in my memory . Bro Doolittle prayed for my courage as he lowered me under the water, I came up rejoicing and saw a new world . PTL

Gwendolyn Patricia sisPG Brown-Gaiters

January 10, 2020

To sisNelda’s family & friends:

I want to thank you for sharing your loved one with me. May God comfort you and fill the deep hole in our hearts caused by her departure. I’ m glad she gained her crown. We’re are present with you in spirit.
Love and prayers,

Trish Francisco

January 10, 2020

Growing up in the Los Angeles Church of God on Naomi and Walnut, the Doolittle's and Sorrell families were a pleasant family. Always smiling and very friendly. Lynette and my baby brother Lawrence would play together and giggle each time they met. I thought Lynette would grow up and become a Francisco! Lol. Much love and prayers to the Sorrell and Doolittle families.


So blessed to have had her at our wedding.


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