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Merry Ann Nehlen, wife of former WVU coach, dies

January 31, 2019

CHARLESTON — Merry Ann Nehlen, wife of former West Virginia University football coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Don Nehlen, died Monday evening at age 82, the university announced Tuesday.

WVU said Merry Ann Nehlen died peacefully at home in Morgantown surrounded by family following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born on Christmas Day, she had been childhood friends with Don Nehlen and had dated since their junior year in high school in Canton, Ohio. She was at her husband’s side in 1979 when he was introduced as WVU’s football coach and was a fixture at home games until his retirement in 2000.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced.

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