SIKESTON - Marie Lucille Nunnelee, 85, died at 2:25 a.m. Sept. 30, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Oct. 1, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Thomas John and Viola Priester Ohmes, she was a 1938 graduate of Diehlstadt High School where she was a four-year letterman of the girls basketball team, which lost only one game in those four years. She scored over 1,600 points during her high school basketball career. In 1942, she graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and worked as a physical education and home economics teacher. She was a charter member and past president of the Junior Study Federated Club in Charleston and a former member of St. Henry's Catholic Church where she did volunteer teaching in the high school. In Sikeston she was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, a member of the Altar Sodality and was past president of the Mothers' Club. A Girl Scout leader, she served on the Cotton Boll District Council and Personnel Committee for many years. She was a former member of the Coalesce Club, a member of the Sikeston Library Board for nine years, a member of Chapter JU of P.E.O. Sisterhood and had served on the board of directors of Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
On June 21, 1942, in Diehlstadt, she married Edward E. "Gene" Nunnelee, who preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1992.
An infant brother, Leo Ernst Ohmes; and one son, Edward E. Nunnelee Jr. preceded her in death.
Survivors include: one son, Thomas F. Nunnelee Sr. of Sikeston; three daughters, the Rev. Diane Nunnelee of Kansas City, Gena Ross of Springfield and Priscilla J. Carpenter of Houston; and five granddaughters, two grandsons and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Monsignor Richard Rolwing and the Rev. Scott Sunnenberg concelebrating.
Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Charleston.
Active pallbearers will be: Phil Barkett, Jim Bucher, Tom Graham, David Hough, Jim Klein and Jim Leigh.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Ray Clinton, Joel Montgomery, Bob Patterson, Jim Pharris, Bernard Rice and Dean Wooden.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School 245 W. Front St. Sikeston, MO 63801