Nellie was born in Perry NY on January 12, 1936 a daughter of the late Ward O. Laura Belle Niver Maxson. Nellie was a 1954 graduate of Perry Central School. She had worked for the former Ben Franklin, Champion Products, Robeson Cutlery, and Perry Knitting Mill, the Perry Central School, Perry Public Library and retired from M&T Bank in 2004. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Perry, the Moose Club in Warsaw and the Tuesday Night bowling league. She enjoyed bowling, sewing, cooking, and especially enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her first husband Albert Townes who died in 2002; siblings Laura Schwab, Mary Dumbleton, Martin, Ward, Reginald Maxson and a brother-in-law Clayton Shirley.
She is survived by her husband Philip Lanckton whom she married in 2008, a daughter Susan Butler of Chipley, Fla., 3 sons: Steven (Patricia) Townes , Stuart (Lisa) Townes and Skyler (Carly) Townes all of Perry, 2 sisters: Betsy Shirley of Perry and Eva Mae (Devoughn) Speicher of Grants Pass, Or. Brothers and Sister in-laws: Mary (Jerome) Lemley of Pavilion, Frank Crawford of Fairbanks, Al.,12 grandchildren: Katie Barajas, Susan Martinez, Jenny, David and Patty Ziolkowski, Steven Jr., Amber, Joel, Matthew, Key, Briar and Alexander Townes and 12 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
There will be no prior visitation. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday August 29th at 3:00pm at Grace Cemetery in Castile. On Tuesday evening August 28th there with be a gathering at the Perry Vets Club for a Celebration of Life.
Memorials may be made to the Crossroads House P.O. Box 403 Batavia, New York 14021 or to Homecare and Hospice 405 N. Main St. Warsaw, NY 14569. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.