Mabel Anna Nisley


Mabel Anna Nisley, 92, Middlebury, died at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at her residence.
She was born April 14, 1927 in Columbiana, Ohio, to John J. and Merta (Ziegler) Martin.
After graduating from North Lima High School, Ohio, in 1945, she received her bachelor's degree from Goshen College and her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in art.
On July 5, 1952, in Goshen, she married LeRoy Nisley. He died July 23, 1999.
She taught art at Bethany Christian High School for 24 years, retiring in 1992. The design elements and principles in nature were of spiritual interest to her.
Surviving are her daughter, Linda (Daniel) Bontrager; a son, Kenneth Nisley, both of Middlebury; two grandsons, Joshua Nisley, Caleb (Sharayaha) Nisley, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and sister-in-law, Betty Martin, Dalton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ruth Martin; and two brothers, John and Glen Martin.
She had been a member of Middlebury Church of the Brethren since 1996.
Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Monday, Sept. 9 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor Janet Shaver. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorials may be given to Middlebury Church of the Brethren Building Fund or Bethany Christian Schools.
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Jim Buller
Sep 09, 2019
It was a blessing to work together at Bethany. Such a warm and generous spirit with our students created enthusiasm and desire for excellence and beauty.
David Martin
Sep 09, 2019
Esther and I send our heartfelt condolences in this season of grief. I have good memories of Aunt Mabel and your father as well. The brightness of the hope of Resurrection is shining and the darkness of grief will not extinguish it. Our hearts and prayers are with you today and in the future.
Doris Martin Zeck
Sep 06, 2019
Dear Linda, Ken, & Families, The passing on of your dear Mom, & Grandma & my aunt evokes so many good memories. I know you have special memories too. I hope those thoughts carry you along in the many happy & sad moments. Above all I pray for God’s comfort, peace, & love to sustain you. Love, Doris Martin Zeck