Nell Elizabeth Gardner-Roderick, 79, mixed faith with melody

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 11:24 p.m. CDT; updated 11:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA — "Gospel Girls" was Nell Gardner-Roderick's faith-based musical group. It included her two granddaughters, Amber Sears and Shannon Gardner. Sometimes her grandson would join the group when they would travel around mid-Missouri, bringing their gospel melodies to nursing homes and senior centers.