Gayla Nelson

Gayla Jean Nelson

Saturday, December 2nd, 1944 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Gayla Jean Nelson, 74, of Pleasant Gap, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Centre Crest Nursing Home. Born in Philipsburg, on December 2, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Hannah (Stone) Anderson. In 1967, she was married to her beloved husband, William Charles Nelson, who preceded her in death on July 6, 2016, after sharing 49 years of marriage together.

She dedicated her life to raising her family.

Gayla is survived by her three children, Bradley Nelson (Megan), of Pittsburgh, Eric Nelson (Renee Savin-Nelson), of Newburgh, NY, and Miranda Nelson, of Silver Spring, MD; five grandchildren, Layne and Wyatt Nelson, both of Pittsburgh; Asa, Charlotte, and Ivy Nelson, all of Newburgh, NY. Also surviving are two sisters, Patricia Brennen (Bud), of Ridgeway, PA, Ginger Ball (Russell), of Madera, PA, and Jerry Anderson (Denise), of Houtzdale, PA.

Gayla was a member of the Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church. She treasured spending time with her grandchildren. She loved all the cats that she had over the years. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds. Gayla was especially fond of the deer and other wildlife that would occasionally visit her yard.

Friends will be received on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 10-11am, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will immediately follow at the funeral home at 11am with Rev. Calvin Miller officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gayla’s memory to Centre County PAWS at 1401 Trout Road, State College, PA 16801.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Wetzler Funeral Home
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    Pastor Calvin Miller
  • Interment

    Private at the convenience of the family
    206 N. Spring Street
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Dave & Deb

Posted at 06:54pm
Gayla and Chuck left us our son in law Brad, Their legacy is demonstrated in the his actions as a loving father and husband.
They both will be remembered every time we see him with Layne, Wyatt and Megan.
Our heart rejoices in the fact that she has met her creator and is at peace.

Suzanne Duriancik

Posted at 08:59am
Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
May God be your comfort in sorrow, your hope and strength in the coming days.
Our deepest sympathy,
Aunt Eva Peters, Paul & Suzanne Duriancik family, and Mike Peters family


Posted at 12:14pm
My condolences to the family. May God’s promise of a resurrection bring you comfort and hope during this difficult time. John 5:28, 29.

Kathy Kelz

Posted at 06:57am
To the family of Gayla, we know the love your mother had for her cat’s, bird’s and yes the deer. She loved our cat Prince kitty as if he was her own. Your mother was a sweet lady when she would go for her walks she would always stop for a little chat. I had visited her several times at Centre Crest she shared her love of her 3 children and grandchildren you all had a very special place in her heart. Your mom and dad were great neighbors. Saying goodby is hard but having wonderful memories is wonderful. I’m lifting you all up in prayer. With deepest Sympathy Jim and Kathy Kelz.

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