NELLE (BOLLES) LITTLER, a true renaissance woman, passed peacefully Friday evening February 15, 2002 leaving behind the many that mourn her death, celebrate her life, and cherish her memory: her husband of more than 60-years, Norman, her children, Patti Liaros and Norman Littler Jr., both of Phoenix, Thomas Littler, of Tempe, Pamela Watkins, of Mesa, Penni Kapelke, of Heber, Peter Littler of Florence, Kentucky, and Jean Heraty, of Oak Brook, Illinois; far too many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren for the space on this page to mention; and her sister, Barbara Farquer of Glendale, and brother David Bolles of Bremerton, Washington.
Born in Chicago, July 11, 1918 into a proud family of newspapermen, authors, and politicians, Nelle met challenge and adversity with humor and affection. Mother to seven children born over a span of 18-years, Nelle found great joy in active participation in the lives of both her children and the community. Nelle served as Den Mother for her boys Cub Scout Pack and Altar Guild Director for Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church of Tonawanda, New York, which she helped found. A member of the women’s auxiliary for Brighton Volunteer Fire Company, Nelle helped raise funds to support that vital community service. After moving to Phoenix in August of 1957 Nelle served on many PTA committees for Simpson Elementary School, eventually rising to President of the Phoenix Central Council of Parent Teachers Associations. As a result of her tireless efforts in supporting the Republican Party and assisting both he and John Rhodes, Barry Goldwater referred to her as a "dedicated friend" and "a source of warmth as certain as the desert sun"
In the autumn of her life she found renewed energy and a focus on interests she had put aside to raise her family. A member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Nelle graduated from Phoenix College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1978 at the age of 60. Known as "Miss Nell" to her charges, she shared her endless capacity for love, mixed with a little grandmotherly wisdom, as Director of the Child Care Center at Phoenix College. After moving to Heber in 1981, she once again devoted herself to helping others and solving the needs of the community through her participation with the Heber-Overgaard Chapter of the Lions International where she served as State President of the Lioness’, and the Heber-Overgaard fire Department Auxiliary. Nelle was instrumental in the creation of the Rim Library, and the Heber-Overgaard Senior Center. She established a lasting legacy of community service by creating the Women’s Civic League to identify needs and promote community service. Under the byline "Grandma" Nelle delighted the very young with her column in the area newspaper giving simple explanations and an honest appraisal of the news. She never talked down to kids and I believe they loved her for that. Nelle could challenge you in many ways and those of us who knew her best and loved her dearly will remember her unselfish contributions of time and energy to so many community institutions and her enormous capacity for loving and caring for children.
Service will be held 10:00-a.m.Saturday, February 23, 2002 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that contributions be sent in her name to the Rim Community Library, P.O. Box 2144, Overgaard, AZ 85933.