In loving memory of

Delores Nesbit
October 27, 1936 - January 12, 2021

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Delores Nesbit, 84, of Muscatine, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at her daughter's home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family, in care of Mary Ellen Costas. Online condolences may be made at

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm, on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Sharon Phillips will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andrew Paul, CJ Lahr, Preston Lahr, Lucas Nesbit, Josh Woods, and Zack Bickerstaff. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jake Walker, Logan Sharp, Zack Houseman, Brandon Mizell, Hunter Costas, Hansen Costas, Zach Phelps, Zander Jinson, Lane Miller, Logan Delong, Nolan Ragan, Reid Nesbit, Collin Nesbit, Legend Nesbit, Joey Woods, Camden Latimer, Tucker Sharp, and Tyson Sharp. A time of food and fellowship will be held immediately following the service at the American Legion located at 110 S Houser Street, Muscatine.

Delores was born October 27, 1936, in Joppa Illinois, the daughter of Teddy and Ludie (Beasley) James. Her mother, Ludie, passed away when Delores was 7 years old. After the passing of her mom, her aunt Laverne Stafford stepped in and lovingly cared and guided her through adulthood. She graduated high school in Metropolis, Illinois. On January 28, 1960, she was united in marriage to Charles Paul Nesbit Jr., in Carthage, Illinois.

Delores was a member of the Jesus Mission church. She was involved in prison ministry for many years. Delores played the piano and loved to sing. She was able to type 80 words per minute. Delores was "grandma" to many and helped throughout the community. She was also known as Granny and aunt Delores.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughters, Tresia Mizell, Donna Harris, Elizabeth Curtis Wade and her husband Michael, Mary Ellen Costas and her husband Brian, all of Muscatine; 22 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; a brother, Leon James and his wife Lorraine, of Ontario, Oregon; her sister, Mary Godbee of Georgia; and her dear friends, Charlene (Sharky) Cozad and Carrie Miller of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Charles; her infant son, David; her daughter, Rita Lynne Nesbit; a brother, Leland James; and a sister, Wiladean Walsh.


Linda Bird wrote on Jan 17, 2021:

"Liz, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I truly enjoyed knowing her over the years. Praying that God will comfort you and your family during this time and the days ahead. Linda Bird"

Shirley Porter wrote on Jan 16, 2021:

"Liz I didn't attend your mom's funeral because there was no way I could be around you and not hug you so just know you are in my thoughts and prayers but you are also in my heart. Love you and be so happy knowing how free your mom is with her Lord. Shirley "

Bryan Fessler wrote on Jan 15, 2021:

"Liz, Thinking of you and your family at this time of great sorrow. "

Marie LaRue wrote on Jan 14, 2021:

"Deloris has been a family friend for many years prob. before I was born She grew up in Southern I'll. Where my family lived. A very small town. Deloris moved to Iowa and later my family did. My older sister Mary and her were pals. I always considered her as family. When I think of Deloris the first thing I think of was her religion and how important it was in her life, Deloris always was ready to say a prayer for anyone if she felt the need. as she did for me while holding my hand the last time I saw her. . Marie LaRue "

Toni Chandler wrote on Jan 14, 2021:

"Ron and I have known Delores and her family for many years. We were greatly saddened to hear of her passing, and will hold her family up in our prayers. May the Lord bless all of them. "

Tammy Fisher wrote on Jan 14, 2021:

"I remember living on Clinton Street and seeing and talking to your mom often. She always took time to say hello even after I grew up. I know how much she loved her family and I'm so sorry for your loss. (Tammy Curry)"

Laurie and Keith Schreurs wrote on Jan 13, 2021:

"Liz and family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. "