Donna McNelly

Donna McNelly

Donna McNelly, 82, of Thebes, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at home, with her family by her side.

She was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Stamford, Neb., the daughter of Dallas and Lila Bell Fletcher.  

She was married on Feb. 13, 1957, to Harold McNelly.

Mrs. McNelly was a longtime secretary for Egyptian School in Tamms. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Thebes and the Thebes Historical Society. She loved Jesus, her family, country music and traveling.  

Survivors are her husband of 64 years, Harold; daughter Debra (Tim) Goins; grandchildren Derek McNelly, Jessica (Josh) Bigham, Austin Goins and Cody (Jessica) Goins; great-grandchildren Juliana, Devon and Daelan McNelly, Jayleah, Jacelynn and Jentry Bigham, Emberlie, Adalai, and Graham Goins; and her sister, Sharon Fletcher.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Larry McNelly; a granddaughter, Krista Goins; great-grandchildren Aven Goins and Chastity Gathright; and two sisters, Nona Wright and Doris Soli.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with the Rev. Raymond McAfee officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery at Thebes. 

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms was in charge of arrangements.



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