Nellie Phariss

Nellie Mildred Phariss

Friday, April 23rd, 1926 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Nellie Mildred (Drye) Phariss

Phariss, Nellie Mildred (Drye), 94, of Lakewood, Colorado, passed away at The Lakewood Reserve, her recent home, on July 28, 2020. She was born April 23, 1926 to Dovie and Wallace Drye on the Wilson farm northwest of Crescent, Oklahoma. She was the oldest of four children (Jimmy, Ila Faye and Victor). She married Lloyd Murray Phariss on September 2, 1949, whom she met on a blind date set up by her nursing school roommate.

Nellie graduated from Crescent High School and went on to graduate from the School of Nursing, University of Oklahoma, in 1947. She was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II.

She worked as a nurse part-time until retirement in 1983. She was proud of helping many as a nurse, including working on the iron-lung ward early in her career, working on the boy’s ward at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, and later for Beth Israel Hospital in Denver. She was a resident of Golden, Colorado for 47 years. She was an active member of Mountair Christian Church.

Nellie is survived by twins Tracy Van Phariss (Howard) of Lakewood, Colorado and Bruce Wallace Phariss (Sheila) of Montclair, NJ, grandchildren Jenna Lanoff (Keith/Donna), Francesca Peila-Phariss (Keith/Khalila), Ryan, Colin and Bridget Phariss (Bruce/Sheila), great-grandchildren Brenda and Johnny (Francesca) and her brother Victor Drye (Lily). She has many nieces and nephews and other relatives in Oklahoma. Nellie was preceded in death by Lloyd in 2018, oldest son Lloyd Murray Phariss II in 2009, second oldest son Keith Allen Phariss in 2015 and daughter Teresa Gaynell Phariss in 1998.

Internment will be at Oakland-Knowles Cemetery in Crescent, Oklahoma with Abernathy-Aaron Funeral Home at a later date.

The family requests donations be made to Mountair Christian Church, 1390 Benton Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80214.
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