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Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Gaynelle L. Mallard

May 27, 1913June 23, 2020

Gaynelle L. Mallard, 107, of Stafford, VA, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

She was employed for 20 years at U. S. News & World Report and was a member of Arlington Baptist Church. She was an accomplished pianist, playing at her church and at several social gatherings in Richmond, VA during her youth. She won a prize at a knitting contest at the Arlington County Fair in 1987. She belonged to a Christian organization that corresponded with prison inmates throughout the country concerning religious and moral principles.

Gaynelle was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ella Lewis; and siblings, William Lewis, Thelma Lavender and Dorothy Wyatt and is survived by her son, William Mallard; nieces, Bonnie Langston and Gaynelle Brizendine; and 20 grandnieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, June 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231 where a funeral service will immediately follow in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arlington Baptist Church, 714 S. Monroe St., Arlington, VA 22204.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelsenrichmond.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Gaynelle was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ella Lewis; and siblings, William Lewis, Thelma Lavender and Dorothy Wyatt and is survived by her son, William Mallard; nieces, Bonnie Langston and Gaynelle Brizendine; and 20 grandnieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Arlington Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

Memories

Gaynelle L. Mallard

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Donna Ross

June 28, 2020

Gay was my grandmother's dearest friend (Mary Heilman). She was like a "second mother" to my mother, Ellen Shatzer. Gay was warm, and happy, and had such a vibrant personality; I loved when she visited our family because she "lit up the house" with her joyful spirit. She had a wonderful sense of humor, an abiding faith in God, and a true dedication to those whom she knew and loved. I offer my sincere condolences to her son, Bill, who I know will miss his wonderful mother so much. Sincerely, Donna (Shatzer) Ross

Pat Weinhardt

June 25, 2020

Gaynelle and I were best friends for over 6 years. We could sit and talk for 4 hours, non-stop. We loved the same food, the same music, the same Bible verses. We could sing (sometimes out of tune) all the old gospel songs. We would laugh so often and so hard. I'd tell her, "It's a good day to have a good day." and she would say, "Yes, it is a good day to have a good day." We talked about our "boys" and I'd tell her about my sweet daughter. I will miss her, but she told me that when she gets to heaven, she will keep an eye out for me.

April Gomez

June 25, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our sweet Gaynelle. I met her and her loving son about 3 years ago when I was taking care of her. I have never met someone so sweet. No matter how uncomfortable, or how much pain she may have been in, she always had a smile on her face and always wanted to hear about your day. I miss her so much. I am so thankful to have met her. I love you, May!