After graduating from Canton in 1946, she married Layton Calkins and together raised their children on the family farm until his passing in 1980.
Nelle was a wonderful wife and grandmother. She enjoyed attending her children’s music and sporting events. Her highlight every year was going to their basketball games, and her favorite thing was attending the Troy Fair to watch her family show their animals. One thing Nelle was noted for was her baked goods, especially her pies.
Bingo was her favorite pastime for many years. She was a member of the East Troy Baptist Church.