She was born May 1, 1922, in Wells County, Ind., to Jesse and Ora Alice (Sawyer) Nusbaumer. Nilah was a graduate of Petroleum High School.
She married Eugene D. Kelley in Patterson, N.J., on July 20, 1943. She worked as the cafeteria manager at Montpelier Schools. Nilah was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ and an associate member of the UAW She enjoyed crafts and traveling.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years: Eugene D. Kelley, Wabash; four daughters: Marilyn (John) Brunn and Deborah (Terrence) Cusack, both of Wabash; Karen Kelley, Silver Lake, Ind.; and Sharon (Mick) Strange, Wabash; five grandchildren: Lisa (Chris) Holland, Tampa, Fla.; Kelli (Paul) Pais, Waterberry, Conn.; Alisha (Stephen) Fritz, Richmond, Va.; Stephanie (Kristopher) Willmert, LaFontaine, Ind.; and Kimberly Strange, Wabash; four great-grandchildren: Katie Ebanks and Zoe Ebanks, both of Tampa; Britani D’Amora, Manchester, Conn.; and Melina Pais, Waterberry; three sisters: Juanita Fennig, Bryant, Ind.; Phyllis (Herbert) Grover, Liberty Center, Ind.; and Donna (Ted) Stanton, Arcadia, Fla.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, 2147 N. SR. 15, Wabash. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, with Soloman David officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ