Commonwealth Journal


August 3, 2013

Ella Risner

Ella Mae Risner, 97, passed away July 28 in Indianapolis, Ind. 
She was born on Dec. 29, 1915 in Wayne County, Ky. to Dexter and Celia Elizabeth (Slagle) Parmley. She married Ralph D. Risner on Oct. 12, 1942 in Bowling Green, Ky. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1985.
Ella was a graduate of Somerset High School and attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. She taught 11 years in Quitman, Ark., and 10 years in Morristown, Ind., retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Quitman United Methodist Church.
Her many interests in life included traveling, needlework, vegetable and flower gardening, and cooking for family and friends. She also enjoyed being both a 4H member and Girl Scout leader for many years.
Ella is survived by daughters Pam McDonald of Indianapolis and Sharon (Kevin) Beals of Bargersville, Ind. She is also survived by a grandson, Judson (Tiffany Kaeser) Zeigler of Whiteland, Ind.; a granddaughter, Amanda (Ben) Mowery of Indianapolis; and one great-granddaughter, Ella Mae Mowery.
Other survivors include brothers Herschel Parmley of Canada, Charles (Pat) Parmley of Somerset, Ky.; and sisters Stella Parmley of Rushville, Ind. and Maysie Weaver of Somerset, Ky.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ella was preceded in death by an infant sister, Betty Jean Parmley; sister Marjorie Gahimer; and sister-in-law Vera Parmley.
There will be a private service in Monticello, Ky. with arrangements being handled by Hickey & Son Funeral Home. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Foundation, 30 South Meridian St., Ste. 200, Indpls., Ind., 46204, or Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice, Franciscan Alliance Foundation, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd., Ste. 245, Indpls., Ind., 46237.

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    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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