from The Adair County News, Columbia, Kentucky
Wednesday, August 10, 1904
Death of Mrs. Rachel Nell
Last Thursday morning, about 8 o’clock, the subject of this writing, after a long illness, succumbed to the inevitable and passed over the river of Death.
The deceased was born and reared in Adair County, about thirty-five years of her life having been spent in Columbia. When quite a young woman she made a profession of her faith in Christ; united with the Presbyterian Church, and lived a consistent Christian life until the end came.
Mrs. Nell was a victim of cancer and everything that medical skill and loving friends could do failed to bring about relief. Last year she accompanied her husband to Hot Springs, Arkansas, with the hope that the water at that noted resort would be beneficial, but like all other tried remedies, it failed to give relief. Soon after returning from the Springs she took her bed and gradually grew worse until relieved of her sufferings.
Mrs. Nell was twice married, her first husband being Captain George W. Nell, who served Adair County as County Clerk, and who was a practicing attorney at the time of his demise. About twenty years after the death of her first husband, she was married to Hon. George Nell, who survives her, with two children by her first husband, Mr. John Nell, who lives in the West, and Mrs. Mary Russell, wife of Dr. C. M. Russell, this city.
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church Friday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. C. Clemens, many relatives and sympathizing friends being present. The interment was in the city cemetery.