Cheryl Nellis

Mrs. Cheryl Nellis, age 56, of Palatine Church Road, Fort Plain, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, August 17, 2013, at Bassett Healthcare Center, Cooperstown, N.Y., with the comfort of her beloved husband, Larry, and family at her side.

Cheryl was born on April 18, 1957, in Gloversville, a daughter of the late Sherwood and Shirley (Young) Abel. She was a graduate of Johnstown schools and attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She and Larry R. Nellis were married in 1977, and together enjoyed a loving and devoted union of nearly 37 years.

She was employed with Kasson & Keller in Fonda, N.Y. Cheryl was a member of the Reformed church.

Cheryl is survived by her loving husband, Larry; a son, Thomas of Fort Plain; daughters, Elizabeth “Liz” Bailey and her husband, Michael of St. Johnsville, and Debra Sherwood and her husband, Jeremy of Abilene, Texas; and adored grandchildren, Georgia and Eric Bailey, and Kelton, Christopher and Mallory Sherwood. She is also survived by her beloved pets, Smokey, Hunter, and Remmy. She also leaves her brothers, John Abel of Johnstown, Robert and wife, Sharon Abel of Florida, William and wife, Cathi Abel, Kevin Abel, and a sister, Patricia Smith, all of Johnstown; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Cheryl was predeceased by her parents, Sherwood and Shirley Abel.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown for the excellent care and kindness extended to Cheryl during her illness. Those wishing may contribute in her memory to Bassett Healthcare Center’s Cancer Research Unit, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family; there are no calling hours.

The family has selected the Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, to guide them through this difficult time; Kevin E. Enea, director (568-2300). To leave a message of condolence, please visit our website at