Pamela Diane Friend Nail, 65, Loses Her Courageous Battle With Lou Gehrig’s Disease

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Pamela Nail

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Pamela Diane Friend Nail, 65, of Melbourne, died April 24, 2012 at home after a four year courageous battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Her husband, her best friend and niece Revinna were at her side. So fitting.

Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, to Clarence Alton and Lois Jean Friend, survived by her siblings, Sherry Maskrey, Sally Thompson, Stephen Alton Friend, Cindy Milner and Rebecca Jordan.

Pamela was married December 5, 1968 to Rendal Eugene Nail of Melbourne at the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa; they have been married 43 years.

Pamela graduated from Cocoa High School “Class of 65” retired from Southern Bell Telephone in 1996 after 31 years of service.

She worked as the Communication Secretary at the First United Methodist Church of Melbourne from 2000 until 2009.

Pamela was a courageous and brave woman her deep love for her Lord and savior Christ Jesus, which shown through during her illness with words of encouragement, a beautiful smile and love for others.

She is now dancing at the feet of Jesus. “No regrets, laughter through the tears, and count it all joy” was her answer when questioned about her illness.

Survived by husband, Rendal; son, Spencer Eugene Nail of Melbourne; step daughter, Kimberly Miranda Nail Jones of Hahira, Georgia.

Viewing Monday April 30th at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the First United Church of Melbourne.

Reception following service; no graveside service is planned.