Muriel Joyce Nellis

February 6, 1934February 26, 2018

Muriel Joyce Nellis, 84, of Springfield, passed away on February 26, 2018 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born on February 6, 1934 in Chicago to Stephen and Dorothy Tegge Gorman. Muriel married Robert Nellis in Rockford, IL. In 1962 and he preceded her in death in 2000. Mrs. Nellis is survived by her two children: Joyce Donahue of Joliet and Stephen (Gail) Snodgrass of Watsonville, CA., four grandchildren: Devin Donahue, Derek Donahue, Tom (Holly) O’Brien and James Snodgrass, one great-grandchild Emma Donahue and her dear friend Sharon (Charles) Brown-Adams of Springfield. Muriel graduated from Wauconda High School in 1951, earned her BA in Education in 1969 and her MA in Library Science in 1971 from Northern Illinois University. She was a grade school librarian in Dixon, IL before coming to Springfield. Muriel then worked as a librarian with the State of Illinois Department of Corrections retiring in 1991. She was a member and Governor of Pilot International, member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the state and local quilt guild. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on March 27, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village Wellness Center. The family will meet friends from 9:30am until the time of services at Lewis Memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis Memorial Christian Village or to the American Cancer Society and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Lewis Memorial Christian Village
  • American Cancer Society


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Muriel Joyce Nellis

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Mary Beth Maloney

March 25, 2018

I met Muriel when she worked and taught classes at Heartland Stitchery. Muriel was always kind and very much a lady. She had a sense of humor that was contagious. I will miss you Muriel.

Bonnie Minett

March 24, 2018

My father, Bud Herter, and Muriel drank chocolate milkshakes and shared memories when they were at the rehab section of Lewis. He really enjoyed visiting with her. He was quite a cut up and made her laugh. My sympathy goes out to your family. My dad has been gone a year and I still miss him so much. I'm sure Muriel and Dad are laughing away in heaven.