Lucille (Couch) Nellis was born on a farm near Haviland, Kansas. She became a teacher and for a while taught in Winfield, Kansas where she helped two of her brothers, Dean and Dwight, attend college. There she met Alden Gilbert Nellis. Together they raised eight children.
They lived in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, Hominy, Oklahoma, Haviland and Winfield, Kansas,briefly in Silver City, New Mexico, and then in Wickenburg, Arizona. After Alden’s death in 1971,Lucille lived in Reno, Nevada, Baker City, Oregon, and Camp Verde, Arizona. She moved to Dillon, Montana in 2004.
Lucille was a lifelong bird watcher and nature lover who instilled a habit of observation in all her children. She loved the desert (partly because there were fewer bugs) and was seldom seen without her binoculars.