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Aliyah Gabrielle Nelson, 11, of Gastonia, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

She was born July 3, 2003, native of Gaston County, the daughter of Curtis Von Nelson and Cheryl De-Marques, of Gastonia.

Aliyah was a student at Holbrook Middle School in Lowell.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by: sister, Israel Nelson, of Gastonia; grandmother, Marla Whelchel, of Salina, Kansas; aunts, Kari Nelson and Jason Goldman, of Lawrence, Kan.; Kimberly and Mario Anest, of Texas; Crystal and Karl Pentz, of Cramerton; uncles, Christopher DeMarques and Keith Dunn, both of Gastonia.

She was preceded in death by: grandfathers, William Nelson and Charles DeMarques; grandmother, Wanda Taggart and cousin, Logan Pentz.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Bethlehem Church, 3100 Bethlehem Church St., Gastonia. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gaston Humane Society - P.O. Box 2334, Gastonia, NC 28053-2334.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

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Published in Gaston Gazette on Sep. 21, 2014.
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October 15, 2014
What a beautiful girl :)
I'm sorry I haven't offered my condolences sooner. I really didn't know what to say, or how to handle the situation just like our whole family, who is speechless. You were (and still are, but this time you get to be with God!) a beautiful girl, with so much life, I swear you could go on for days without changing your battery. It is a disaster for the world to lose someone like you, but heaven did gain a pretty amazing angel. I can't stop praying for your close family, and for your friends and anyone that was touched by your life on this earth. My greatest possible condolences go out to Cheryl, Curtis, Israel, Mimi and every single person in our family.
God Bless. <3
Kayla Goldman
September 29, 2014
So sorry for the loss of this precious young child .
pat scarbrough
September 25, 2014
Cheryl my heart goes out to you,for your lost of your child.Im really going to miss seeing Aliyah running and playing with her puppy in the back yard,she was so precious.Cheryl if you need anything im just a house away.From your neighbor
Debra Swayney
September 25, 2014
Prayers for you and your family at this time.
September 25, 2014
So sorry for the loss of this precious child! May God be with you and your family!
September 24, 2014
our family will be praying for your family.God has a special little angel with him now.
Paticia Emory
September 24, 2014
Words cannot fill the loss. In thoughts and prayers. In God's arms all of you.
Susan chen
September 23, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss, My heart goes out to you. David and Elizabeth Melton
David Melton
September 23, 2014
So sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.
holbrook parent
September 23, 2014
R.I.P Aliyah.. Cheryl I'm soo sorry about your loss..
Debbie Craumer
September 23, 2014
My heart is broken for all of the family. May you feel God's Love and comfort during the days ahead.
Cathy McCosh
September 23, 2014
God bless your family she went to school with my grandson he said she was a very sweet girl and fun ,happy so very sorry for your lose god bless heart breaking
A parent from Holbrook Patterson
September 22, 2014
So sorry for loss. May God be with your family at this time.
Randy and Cheryl Batz
September 22, 2014
God bless you all...I'm so speechless. I knew her through childcare. She's always been beautiful.
"Miss Hannah" Howard
September 22, 2014
Cheryl my thoughts and prayers are with you. Life shouldn't happen this way but God has his reasons...He needed a beautiful angel by his side. You have to hold on to all your friends and family. We WILL be there for you. Love ya girl
Ometha ( Sam ) Hooker
September 22, 2014
I'm so sorry for your lose selena a friend from school
Selena Hernandez
September 22, 2014
So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl...May God bring you some kind of comfort at this time....I know too well your pain.RIP Aliyah...Gone too Soon
Joanne Nichols
September 22, 2014
I'm so sorry for your lose Cheryl. I pray the Lord will give you and your family comfort at this time.
Donna Hoffman
September 22, 2014
Our prayers are with the family in your time of sorrow..
Holbrook Parent
September 22, 2014
My heart goes out to you all. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Prayers for comfort and peace and to know she is with the Lord.
September 22, 2014
Praying for your family
cindy heston
September 22, 2014
We are at loss of words. But please know that our family is praying for all of you.
September 22, 2014
Curtis and Israel words cannot express the sorrow we fill for you during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort sustain you at this time.
Eric&Cheryl Davis
September 22, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There are no words to express my sympathies. My son, noah conner, sat across from your sweet child in almost all their classes together at Holbrook. He loved aliyah very much and misses her dearly. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter...may her spirit forever live on in the hearts and minds of all of us
amanda tomlin
September 22, 2014
Praying for you and your family in your time of sorrow. May God strengthen you in his love.
September 22, 2014
My prayers are with you all during this time.
Jaris Watson
September 22, 2014
You sweet, sweet girl. I didnt know you, but I knew your sister. Rest easy.<3
September 22, 2014
my prayers sent up for this sweet angel, Cheryl and all family and friends...may Gods peace surround you all during this difficult God and His word that we will see her for you all
Beth Williams
September 22, 2014
I don't know why The Lord took you so early, but there I s always a reason. I am praying for your family, to keep them all strong. RIP dear child.
Minnie Weinberg
September 22, 2014
Brooke Taylor
September 22, 2014
Prayers for the family.
Gary Wall
September 22, 2014
Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you and comfort you. She will be missed. Love always, leslie Williams and girls.
Leslie Williams
September 22, 2014
Our Hearts are Broken but Aliyah will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers, Rest in Peace Baby Girl we love and miss you so much! We will take care of your mom don't you worry, you take care of everyone up there in Heaven for us. XOXO
Lisa & Robert Vickers
September 22, 2014
Cheryl there are no words that could ever express our most heartfelt sympathy for you during this tragic time!Hopefully remembering that your sweet girl is in a much better place now will give you some comfort! You and your entire family are in our constant thoughts and prayers!
Sandy & Donna King
September 22, 2014
First Timer!!!
Robert Vickers
September 22, 2014
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. I know my Neice Georgia Kirkland loved her as a Sister and will be missed dearly!
September 22, 2014
Kristen green
September 22, 2014
Will miss Aliyah from Sunday school. Remember her as a beautiful quiet young girl. So very sorry for your loss.
Jocelyn Minter
September 22, 2014
latrish Seigle
September 22, 2014
Rest in peace sweet angel. You were too young to leave this earth. I am so sorry for your family's pain at this time of great sorrow, may you all somehow find the strength to get through this sad time. Remember and honor Aliyah always, in your hearts, and with your love.
Sheilah Rich
September 21, 2014
I am so sorry gor your loss may god be with you and your family
September 21, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Angel. My heart is breaking for you and your family. Aliyah is a huge part of Georgia's life. They were not just friends they considered themselves sisters since Elementary school. Georgia and I love Aliyah so much. She is so sweet and always had a gorgeous smile on her face. Aliyah will remain in our hearts forever. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Georgia and I love you and Aliyah and you will always be part of my family. God bless you.
Melissa and Georgia Kirkland
September 21, 2014
Prayers for you and your family during this most difficult time.
I'm sorry for your loss.
Kelli Sadler-Bell
September 21, 2014
My prayers and thoughts are with your family. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace, and know that she is now with our Lord.
Jessica Crisp
September 21, 2014
My name is Norma Lutz , I go to Myers Memorial UM Church , here in town .. Our minister announced this morning of this ! My heart is broken for your family , prayers sent your way for comfort !
Norma Lutz
September 21, 2014
we are so sorry for your loss..what a beautiful angel. Please lets us know if there is anything we can do for you at this time.
Roy and Anita
September 21, 2014
Aliyah was a beautiful young lady, gone too soon.
Prayers for all of her family.

Brenda Stillwell
Lowell Elementary School
September 21, 2014
Cheryl, you and your family have my deepest sympathy and condolensces during the loss of your loved one. Just keep the faith and know that God makes no mistakes and he will heal and see you and your family through this tough time.
Robert Adams
September 21, 2014
We are sending positive loving thoughts, and prayers to Aliyah's family and friends. Although, my family didn't personally know your family we are part of the Holbrook Middle School family as Aliyah will always be, as one of the children said "once a lion, always a lion" .... Please know we are all thinking of you during this time.
Brandy, Tammy, and Haley
September 21, 2014
Aliyah will be greatly missed in Sunday school at St. Stephens!
Our prayers are with the family.
The Gore Boyz
September 21, 2014
Cheryl , My Heart is so heavy and broken for you when I received the news, I am praying for you, I know we hardly know each other, but we're family,and I love you.
Marsha Hammond Evans
September 21, 2014
Cheryl My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time Please let Heather know if there is anything we can do for you
Linda Strickland
September 21, 2014
Sweet Aliyah
Aliyah was always such a sweet and beautiful girl. She was not only her mother's "twin", but her whole world. My heart hurts for her loss, but I know Heaven gained the most gorgeous of Angels! We love you!
September 21, 2014
Robinson Elementary sends its love and compassion and condolences to all the Neslons.
September 20, 2014
Praying for comfort and peace for the family and friends.
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