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 Lillian <I>Dunfield</I> Nelms

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Lillian Dunfield Nelms

Birth
Death
11 Jul 1996 (aged 87)
Burial
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot
Wildwood Mausoleum
Memorial ID
16759410 View Source

Paper: The Dallas Morning News

Lillian Nelms, widow of colorful millionaire, dies at 87
Date: July 13, 1996

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 1996 at Restland Funeral Home's Wildwood Chapel for Lillian Katherine Dunfield Nelms, widow of Dallas entrepreneur O.L. Nelms.

Mrs. Nelms, 87, died Thursday at a Grapevine nursing home of complications from a stroke she suffered a year ago. She will be buried in Restland Memorial Park.
Mrs. Nelms and her husband, who died in May 1972, became millionaires by building their tobacco and candy wholesale business from scratch. Mr. Nelms was a colorful Dallas institution in the 1960s for placing billboards across the city that proclaimed: "Thanks all of you for helping O.L. Nelms make another million."

The Nelmses also shared their wealth, donating land to the Dallas Health and Science Museum and to many struggling churches.

Mrs. Nelms was born on a farm near Frisco and attended school through the eighth grade. She came to Dallas in 1928 to work as a waitress at her cousin's Fair Park-area restaurant, where she met Mr. Nelms.

When they married, Mr. Nelms had only $5.

"He knew he was going to have to give the minister all his money when they got married, so they went to a drugstore and had a nickel Coke before they got married," said their daughter, Lee Fahrenbrook of Southlake.

Mr. Nelms, who had a third-grade education, first tried to start a diaper service. The young couple started the wholesale business in the 1930s. Mrs. Nelms kept the books and ran the cash register.

In the 24 years since her husband's death, Mrs. Nelms was a fantastic grandmother, her daughter said. "That's how people think of her.

"Her favorite meal was . . . breakfast," Ms. Fahrenbrook said. That's why her classified obituary began by stating that she had breakfast in heaven Thursday.

In addition to Mrs. Fahrenbrook, Mrs. Nelms is survived by another daughter, Dixie Roden of Dallas, and five grandchildren


Paper: The Dallas Morning News

Lillian Nelms, widow of colorful millionaire, dies at 87
Date: July 13, 1996

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 1996 at Restland Funeral Home's Wildwood Chapel for Lillian Katherine Dunfield Nelms, widow of Dallas entrepreneur O.L. Nelms.

Mrs. Nelms, 87, died Thursday at a Grapevine nursing home of complications from a stroke she suffered a year ago. She will be buried in Restland Memorial Park.
Mrs. Nelms and her husband, who died in May 1972, became millionaires by building their tobacco and candy wholesale business from scratch. Mr. Nelms was a colorful Dallas institution in the 1960s for placing billboards across the city that proclaimed: "Thanks all of you for helping O.L. Nelms make another million."

The Nelmses also shared their wealth, donating land to the Dallas Health and Science Museum and to many struggling churches.

Mrs. Nelms was born on a farm near Frisco and attended school through the eighth grade. She came to Dallas in 1928 to work as a waitress at her cousin's Fair Park-area restaurant, where she met Mr. Nelms.

When they married, Mr. Nelms had only $5.

"He knew he was going to have to give the minister all his money when they got married, so they went to a drugstore and had a nickel Coke before they got married," said their daughter, Lee Fahrenbrook of Southlake.

Mr. Nelms, who had a third-grade education, first tried to start a diaper service. The young couple started the wholesale business in the 1930s. Mrs. Nelms kept the books and ran the cash register.

In the 24 years since her husband's death, Mrs. Nelms was a fantastic grandmother, her daughter said. "That's how people think of her.

"Her favorite meal was . . . breakfast," Ms. Fahrenbrook said. That's why her classified obituary began by stating that she had breakfast in heaven Thursday.

In addition to Mrs. Fahrenbrook, Mrs. Nelms is survived by another daughter, Dixie Roden of Dallas, and five grandchildren


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with husband Ocie (O.L.) Lee Nelms


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  • Created by: Roy Hodgens
  • Added: 24 Nov 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 16759410
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16759410/lillian-nelms: accessed ), memorial page for Lillian Dunfield Nelms (8 Aug 1908–11 Jul 1996), Find a Grave Memorial ID 16759410, citing Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Roy Hodgens (contributor 46786805) .