Community Gathers to Remember Suzette Nellis on Her Birthday and to Pray for Justice

Gavin Fish

Gavin Fish

Published April 20, 2023 4:55 am

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) — Family and friends of Suzette Nellis gathered at Fountain Park in Franklin on Wednesday to honor Nellis’ life and pray for justice.

(Photo above: Amy Nellis Still finds comfort in the arms of her father, Jerry Nellis, widower of Suzette Nellis.)

Wednesday, April 19, was chosen for the event, organized by Good Hope Lutheran Church in Oil City as a “Prayer and Walk in the Park,” because it would have been Nellis’ 77th birthday.

It was also the date that was originally scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case against David Allen Bosley, who stands accused of her murder.

Bosley’s preliminary hearing has been continued to May 25th at 1:30 p.m.

The group of family and friends gathered near the fountain in Fountain Park.

Pastor Sandra Jones of Good Hope Lutheran Church.

Led by Pastors Sandra Jones and Michael Parsh of Good Hope Lutheran Church, attendees gathered around the fountain, shared memories of Nellis, walked around the park, sang hymns, and prayed.

Attendees listening to happy memories of Nellis.

Amy Nellis Still shares memories of her mother.

About a dozen people who knew Nellis, including her children Amy Nellis Still and Mike Nellis, shared happy memories of her.

Mike Nellis shares memories of his mother.

Jerry Nellis with arms around his children, Mike and Amy.

Following the sharing of memories, attendees walked in small groups around Fountain and Bandstand Parks in memory of Nellis’ love of walking.

The group meets in the shadow of the Venango County Courthouse, where they hope justice will be served.

A “We walk for Suzette” button worn by Amy Nellis Still.

Attendees were invited to wear purple to signify awareness of violence against women.

Attendees sing the hymn Goodness Is Stronger than Evil.

Pastor Michael Parsh of Good Hope Lutheran Church leads attendees in prayer.

Following the walk, attendees gathered at the fountain again, where they sang hymns.

Jerry Nellis bows his head in prayer.

Mike Nellis listens to Pastor Parsh’s prayer.

The event culminated in a prayer led by Pastor Parsh and the group reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

A view of the event from Liberty Street.

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