Leak Memory Chapel


Nelma Ward Ausley

November 12, 1932April 25, 2021

Nelma Ruth Ward Ausley passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyman Ausley; her daughter, Sharon Ausley Gaines; and her parents, Wilmer & Easter Ward. Loving survivors include her daughter, Nancy Ausley; grandson, Hunter Gaines (Brooklyn); and great grandchild, Baby Gaines. Mrs. Ausley was born in Flomington, Alabama and grew up in Florala. As a teen she won the Miss Florala Award. She was very involved in the community and her church. She taught Sunday School for 50 years, and was a member of Court St. Baptist Church, Woodley East Baptist Church, McGehee Road Baptist Church, and Heritage Baptist Church. She was a member of the Canterbury Bells Garden Club, and a volunteer at Baptist Hospital for 20 years. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was recognized by MACOA in 2018 as a Senior of Achievement Honoree. She loved to travel, and even visited all 50 states. A part of a special group of ladies, “the Card Group”, they visited and enjoyed their time together. Mrs. Ausley worked for over 40 years at Regions Bank until her retirement. She will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be at 9:00am on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Leak Memory Chapel with a service at 10:00am. Rev. Teman Knight officiating. Burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. A special word of thanks to Angie and Tracy from Baptist Hospice and her caregiver, Melissa Butler for their kindness and care. The family will accept flowers, but memorials may be made to Heritage Baptist Church or Baptist Hospice in memory of Mrs. Nelma Ausley.


  • Mike Presley
  • Mark LeVert
  • David Belser
  • Rogers Helton
  • Wayne Daugherty
  • Carmen Roberto


  • Chapel Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021


Nelma Ward Ausley

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Diane Harbin

May 11, 2021

I did not meet your precious mother until she came to Heritage Baptist Church several years ago. She was an example of a fine Christian lady and a wonderful, dedicated Sunday School teacher. She will be missed!

Jerry Jones

May 1, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I live 7 houses from Mrs Nelma and talked to her often. I also worked at Baptist hospital for 20 years and saw her there many days. She was very kind and friendly and will be missed.

Angie Taylor

April 29, 2021

Miss Nelma was such a sweet Godly woman. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. I knew her from Mcgehee Rd Baptist and she was a very close friend to my mother in law Jean Taylor. She served her Lord and family well.

Judy Pouzar Winkle

April 28, 2021

Nancy I am so sorry for your loss. Nelma was a dear friend from our days in Montgomery. I spent many hours with her as one of the original “card girls”. We played canasta, you and Paige played dolls. Nelma was the ultimate Christian lady. May you find peace in the coming days knowing you will see her again.

Dianne Russell

April 28, 2021

Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful Christian lady. When I worked with her at the Southeastern branch, she was a daily inspiration to me for the way to live and raise my boys. In the past few years I have enjoyed visiting with her at the fitness center. I know you will miss her terribly, as will I, but we know she’s in a better place!

In sympathy,
Dianne Russell