Source: North Manchester Journal, May 18, 1893, Obituary:
Passed peacefully away after a short illness from paralysis, in North Manchester, Ind., May 8, 1893. Mrs. Nancy J. Sheller, aged 72 years, 7 months and 23 days. The subject of the above notice, whose maiden name was Venus, was born September 15, 1821, in Montgomery county, Ohio. At the age of seventeen years she united in marriage with Mr. David B. Sheller in 1838. In the year 1850 they moved to Liberty Mills, Ind. After remaining there one year they came to North Manchester, which place has been the home of the Sheller family ever since. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom survive her, three sons and three daughters, and all were present at the death and burial of their mother. She united with the Lutheran church here by confirmation January 26, 1854, under Rev. Hugh Wells, and remained an honored, respected and useful member of the same until called away. The history of this woman's life is but a duplicate of others, both in church and family, who struggled through adverse circumstances to honor and success in life. At the beginning her's was not a life of ease and affluence but was compelled early in life to struggle with the hardships of the early settlers and to brave the difficulties incident to such a life. How well she succeeded in her efforts, how well she bore her part in the different spheres and how well "she hath done what she could." Let society, the church and her family bear testimony. Her's was a piety that came from a conviction of duty, from a sense of sin pardoned, of a soul justified by the merits of Christ, a heart cleansed by the holy spirit, and a faith that lived in Christ. She was a mother in Israel, as the first members of the church here were pleased to call her, and that she was also a true mother in the family, the love and fidelity shown by the children to her are ample proof. "She being dead yet speaketh." On Wednesday morning the funeral services were held in the Lutheran church of which she had been a member for nearly 40 years, conducted by the pastor, Rev. D.A. Kuhn, assisted by Father Wells and Rev. J.F. Ullrey. The sermon was based upon a text of scripture selected by one of the children from Mark xiv 8, "She hath done what she could." Father Wells also made some appropriate remarks concerning her early connection with the church and of her good life through all these years. Rev. J.F. Ullery read scripture lesson and led in prayer. Hymns sung were selected by the children. A large and sympathetic audience was present both at the church and cemetery. We extend to the members of this household our greatest condolence in this the time of their bereavement.