Nikola Maurine Sowers Eller

November 03, 1939 - August 05, 2021

Nikola Maurine Sowers Eller November 3, 1939-August 5, 2021 Nikola Maurine Sowers Eller, 81, departed her loving family and entered her heavenly home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior on August 5, 2021. Nikola was born in Floyd, VA to Fred and Maurine Sowers, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Frankie Sowers, and a great-grandson, Ryan Joseph Atkinson. Nikola was raised on a farm in Floyd where she learned to love the outdoors and acquired her strong work ethic. She graduated from Floyd High School in 1958. She worked at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant for 25 years before retiring in 1991. She attended Abundant Life Fellowship in Pilot, VA. During her life, she displayed the Love of Christ to everyone she met through numerous kind acts, such as baking food for elderly neighbors or for people who had lost loved ones. She loved her flowers, birds, wildlife, gardening, and canning. Nikola is survived by her husband of 62 years, Joel David Eller, her children, whom she loved deeply, Darryl (Patricia) Eller of Lillington, NC, Rita (Donn) Sunshine of Wytheville, VA, Tina Morrell of Christiansburg, VA, as well as her fur babies, Oscar and Princess. She was affectionately known as Malmal or Grandma to her eight grandchildren. They are Erin (Jonathan) Apperson, Ginny (Michael) Atkinson, Jason (Mandy) Eller, Hannah Eller, Brandon Eller, Stacey (Jon) LeCompte, Alyssa Fox (boyfriend, Stephen Massey), and Colton (Lindsay) Henderson. She was also cherished by her six great-grandchildren, Cole, Ian, Claire, Owen, Justin, and Jackson. Her surviving siblings are Garry (Weeta) Sowers, Betty Lynn McNeil, Viola (James) Tawney, Deborah Farley, sister-in-law, Joyce Sowers, and her brother-in-law, Randy (Janice) Eller. Aunt Colie, as she was adoringly known, is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Nikola also leaves behind many special friends. Services will be held at Abundant Life Fellowship in Pilot, Virginia on August 9, 2021, at 3 PM with visitation starting at 1 PM. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations towards Nikola’s medical expenses would be greatly appreciated. They can be mailed to Rita Sunshine at 148 Ellers Way NE, Pilot, VA 24138. Online condolences may be made at The family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home.

Guest book


August 06, 2021

I love you MawMaw I miss you so much.

Terry Miller

Christiansburg, VA
August 06, 2021

Nikola, your flame may have flickered out but your light will go on in your family and friends! Your love will continue in the hearts of the ones you love. You will live on in their memories. You will forever be missed dear sweet Colie!

Kim Woolwine(work with Angie)

Blacksburg, Va
August 07, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

John Miller

Pilot, VA
August 08, 2021

So sorry to hear Nikola has passed. Love and prayers to the whole family. Johnny

Sandra & David Ratliff

August 17, 2021

May the God of all comfort surround you now with His love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.