Luella "Lou" (Smith) Braley

Born: Sat., Sep. 11, 1937
Died: Mon., Sep. 21, 2020


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 25, 2020
Location: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Sep. 25, 2020
Location: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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Luella “Lou” Braley, 83, of Sugar Grove, peacefully passed away Monday September 21, 2020, at the Lutheran Home in Jamestown.

Lou was born in Wrightsville on September 11, 1937 to Freeman and Rena (Firth) Smith. Among her greatest joys was getting to know the kids—who she thought of as her own—on her school bus for 42 years. She enjoyed puzzles and board games, bird watching, and caring for her flowerbeds. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family right up until her passing. She will be remembered for her generosity, hard work, homemade candy, canning, and her rice pudding at any occasion. Prior to driving bus, she had worked at New Process and Webber Knapp.

She is survived by her children; David (Emily) Braley of Sugar Grove, Louise (Jim) Tharp of Jamestown; her siblings, Rodney (Delores) Smith of Sugar Grove, Vera (George) Kellogg of Youngsville, Janet (Dennis) Brown of Lakewood, and Leila Lisk of N.C.; a grandson Nickolas (Natalie) Patch of Dayton, OH; 3 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Carly and Benjamin; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Friday from 12 to 1pm, followed by a funeral service held at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Youngsville, with the Rev. Rick Rohlin, pastor of Praise Fellowship, in Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Stilson Hill Cemetery. Masks will be required in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial donations be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

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Monica Fair Prowitt
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
David, Louise and family.
I was very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a great friend of my mothers and I remember all the times we used to go to her house and have picnics. She was a great lady and will be missed. Much sympathy to your family.
Monica Fair

Mike and Caryl Decker
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
Louise and David, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a very dedicated loyal and thoughtful school bus driver and person. I will spend some time today thinking of some of my times and adventures with Lou as we worked together for all those years. Once again my condolences to you and your families. Mike Decker

C. Wayne Kipple Phoenix, Az.
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
My sincere condolences to Luella's family...she was one of my favorites at Blair. I never saw her with a unhappy face, always had that wonderful, warm smile. Rest in Peace, Luella.

Larry and Debbie Oldaker
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
Louse and David, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Carol Goff
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
Louise and family, so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathryn Overstreet (Smith)
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers. May the Lord wrap you in his loving arms and give you Peace and comfort at this time .

Connie Kellogg
   Posted Sat September 26, 2020
Louise and David, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Many hugs for you. My Mom says to give you her love.

Connie Kellogg

Jan Wilcox
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Luella & I often talked & got together with our school group to have lunch at times...I worked at the school & she being a bus driver, we always had laughs & planty to talk about. Our Sympathy to Family for sure, she will be missed. Jan Wilcox

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