Nelle Downs Wilkes Rollins, 75, of Farmer City, formerly of Rantoul, passed away at 8:15 a.m. on August 29, 2019 at the Farmer City Rehab Center.
Nelle was born on July 1, 1944 in Phoenix, AZ the daughter of Homer Downs and Betty Belle (Wilmoth) Wilkes. She married Jim Rollins in Rantoul. He passed away August 29, 2009.
Nelle is survived by her daughter, Anne Drummond (Mike) of White Heath; sons, Tom Elliott of Champaign, Matt Elliott (Crystal) of Ozark, MO; grandchildren, Aaron, Alexandria, Jayden, Jacob, Novy, Kason, Willow; mother, Betty Wilkes of Surprise, AZ; brother, Andrew Wilkes (Patricia) of Awatukee, AZ; sisters, Marie Wilkes (Mike Morias) of Peoria, AZ and Evelyn Ward (Allen) of Vidor, TX. She was preceded in death by her father, husband, grandson Ryan Stricklin, and sister Jane Wilkes.
Nelle was an Optician for Lens Crafters. She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church of Champaign. She was also an artist and made the stain glass windows for the Temple Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Lodge Church of God, Lodge, IL. Interment will be held in Mackey Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the White Heath Rec League in memory of Ryan Stricklin or the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America at 1-800-532-7667 or online.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.