Nell was born June 7, 1937, in Macon. She was the daughter of Clatus Berry Washburn and Pauline (Hill) Washburn. She was united in marriage to the Rev. Herbert W. Bierman on June 27, 1959, in Macon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 1985.
Nell is survived by her children, Cheryl L. (Del) Brookshier of Vienna, Ill., Carol Yeomans of Calvert City, Ky., Clatus B. (Connie) Bierman of Marion, Ill., and Dr. Nancy P. (Trent) Birner of Red Bud, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Miranda and Isabella Brookshier, Michael Yeomans, Clayton, Malia and Seth Bierman, and Patrick and Annelyse Birner; a sister, Hilda Sheffield of Macon; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Nell was preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Taylor and Frances Washburn; and two brothers, Roy Washburn and Hubert Washburn.
Nell was a graduate of Women’s College of Georgia (formerly Georgia State College for Women) at Milledgeville. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in voice. Nell was an educator. She taught English at Shawnee Community College, where she had also offered instruction in GED courses. She had also taught through the M.A.P. Training Center, JAMP Education Center, and was a substitute teacher in the Vienna Public School system.
Nell had a deep love of music. She was an accomplished vocalist and a former member of the Paducah Symphony. She loved artwork and enjoyed collecting antiques. She is fondly remembered by her family for her love of baking. Nell was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She also loved the companionship of her cats.
Nell was a faithful and devoted member of Vienna’s First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s organization.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995; Heather Harper Treat Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995; or Vienna High School Choral Group, 601 N. 1st St., Vienna, IL 62995.
Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, Ill., had charge of arrangements. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.baileyfh.com.