Karen Benjamin, who worked with Nelms, said, “She thought, ‘I’m going to go home. I’m going to sleep. I’m going to clean my house, and I’ll see you Monday morning.’ So, that’s what she said Friday when she left.”
Co-workers say Nelms was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease, about two years ago.
About 15 Greenwood officers as well as firefighters subbed for teachers so Nelms' co-workers could mourn her and celebrate her life.
Greenwood Police Chief William Dawson said, “It’s certainly an honor to be in the class that she taught in… She was a great person… obviously loved by a lot of people and students, and she will be greatly missed.”
East Hills Middle School provided lunch to all of the police officers and firefighters, as well as staff members when they returned from the funeral services.
Nelms leaves behind a husband and two sons.