Florence Ladell “Dell” Closs Nunley

Florence Ladell “Dell” Closs Nunley, 84, formerly of Calvert and Bremond, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 in The Woodlands. Visitation was set for Wednesday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Calvert. Officiants are Pastor Scott Powers and Pastor Roger Garrett. Soloist is Larry Spell. Interment to follow at Calvert City Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were: Lamar Closs Jr., Bo Ray, Stanley Oliver, Ernie Sweat, Robert Morrison, Barry Closs, Robert Closs, Keith Petitt, Justin Boleyn, Sean Closs, Cody Closs, Cole Closs, John Petitt. Dell was born July 1, 1933 in Edge, Texas. She was the next to the youngest of 7 children. She grew up and attended school in Calvert, Texas, graduated in 1950, then attended Mary Hardin Baylor and The University of Texas. Dell married Gayle McClellan Nunley on December 23, 1952. Kathy and Randall were born in Bryan, Texas where Gayle was an Aggie and Dell worked in the Agronomy Building. Dell was a wife, mother, and full-time employee. She followed Gayle’s career moves in the Oil Field… Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, and back to Texas. She was proficient at setting up their home, finding work, and giving back to the community. She was active in the charity sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and held many offices, including president. Dell was a rural carrier for the US Postal System for 20 years in Mexia. She really enjoyed her work even though the route was 96 miles long. She said she enjoyed her “alone time” and brief visits with people along the route. She was active in the Methodist Church and loved having their 3 grandchildren, John, Kara, and Bret spend time at the farm each summer. Gayle and Dell were raising their grandson, Bret, when Gayle passed away in 1992. They had been married for almost 50 years. Dell and Bret moved to Calvert, where she was a member of the Calvert Woman’s Club and then to Bremond, where she was active in the Baptist Church, Chamber of Commerce, helped start the Library, and co-chaired the development of the City Park. Dell was a great cook, her specialty was The World’s Best Pecan Pie. She enjoyed treating loved ones with a pie or cake for their birthday. She sewed beautifully, making lovely things for family and friends. She and her sister, Annie, refurbished and dressed dolls for Our Helping Hands, making sure less fortunate little girls received a doll for Christmas. In 2004, Dell was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had 3 surgeries over the next 3 years and made amazing recoveries. She spent most of her time since then in Spring, Texas with family: 3 grandchildren and 7 great grand children. Mama Top, as she was called, will be missed; but we are comforted knowing that God has called her home and we will see her again. Preceding Dell in death are her husband, Gayle McClellan Nunley; son, Randall Allie Nunley; parents, Ernest and Louie Closs; sisters, Annie Sweat, Ella Ray Morris, Jean Anderson; brothers, Lamar Closs, Ralph “Boots” Closs, Lawrence “Cuter” Closs; sisters in law, Louise Closs, Bobbie Closs, Ruth Closs; brothers in law, Milton Sweat, E.M. “Beans” Morris, John Anderson. Survivors include daughter and son in law, Kathy and Danny Burden; grandchildren, John and Christin Carlson, Kara Boleyn, and Bret Nunley; great grandchildren, Jonathan, Jacob, and Joshua Carlson; Noel, Levi, Isla, and Aron Boleyn; many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are entrusted to Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home.

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