October 30, 2007
1:30 P.M., Saturday, November 10, 2007
First Baptist Church
Wycliffe Bible Translators
World Home Bible League
Hospice of Pella
May 23, 1923 - October 30, 2007
Nellie (Tibboel) Rashell went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2007 at 2:30 A.M. at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella, Iowa. Nellie was born May 23, 1923 in Eagle Grove, Iowa, daughter of the late Martin and Maggie (Stam) Tibboel. She graduated from the Warren Grove Grade School in 1936, and after two years enrolled at Pella Christian High School, graduating with the class of 1942. She attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for one year and continued her education by taking summer courses at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Central College in Pella, Iowa, and Northwestern College in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Nellie taught school for ten years, starting in 1943 - three years at Peoria Christian School in Peoria, Iowa, three years at Zuni, New Mexico, and four years at Skeets School on the Navajo reservation, the last seven years under the auspices of the Christian Reformed Mission Board.
Nellie was united in marriage with Jerry Rashell on May 23, 1953 in San Saba, Texas. They lived in Texas most of their married life. No children were born to this union. Jerry was employed by several construction companies including Brown, Root and Zachery. Due to his work, many moves took place. Nellie worked for various companies, being employed by I.B.M. and other places of business doing accounting and secretarial work.
Jerry and Nellie attended several different Baptist churches. Nellie could often be found busy in the Lord's work - teaching Sunday School classes, facilitating small group Bible studies, and one of her great loves was visiting those in the hospital, nursing homes, and the homebound.
After her husband's death she moved from Arlington, Texas to Bertram, Texas, to be near her in-laws, and was instrumental in caring for both her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marvin and Arlyne Wilder, for several years before their death.
Nellie moved back to Pella, her "old stomping grounds", in July 2006 to be with siblings, their families, and old time friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, five brothers: Clarence, Frank, Gerrit, Theodore, and Herman; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank (Erma) Tibboel; and two brothers-in-law, Andrew Van Zee and Tunis Verschuure.
She is survived by her sisters: Ann Van Zee of Pella, Cornelia Verschuure of Pella, Margaret Mulder and her husband, Stan, of Otley, Iowa; and two brothers: Harry Tibboel and his wife, Cornelia, of Pella, Iowa, and John Tibboel and his wife, Helen of Prairie City, Iowa; also three sisters-in-law: Martha Tibboel of Fremont, Michigan, Martha Tibboel of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Ruth Tibboel of Des Moines, Iowa; along with numerous loving nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Nellie's body has been cremated and her remains will be buried with her husband at Brownwood, Texas.