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Mae (Conley) Shell

May 13, 1919 ~ February 8, 2018 (age 98)

Mrs. Mae Conley Shell, age 98, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, her granddaughter Sandra reading a Bible passage to her as she transitioned from this life to her eternal home in Heaven where she now resides with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Mae was a native of McDowell County, born on May 13, 1919 to the late William M. Conley and Cora Horton Conley.  A long-time member of Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church, she was a devout Christian who loved her Lord and stayed faithfully in The Word during her life.  A descendent of the West Marion Stroud and Horton families, she was proud of her heritage and loved her family very much.


Mae was retired from Washington Mills, enjoyed working word puzzles and quilting and, remarkably, would read through the Bible three times a year.  She was easy-going and made friends easily.  Those who knew and loved Mae will miss her very much.  A daughter, Frances Miller Stines, and her husband of 45 years, Ernest Shell, preceded her in death.


Mae leaves behind a son, Charles David Miller and wife Mary of the Greenlee community; three grandchildren, Sandra Sherlin and husband Eddie and Rev. Gerald Stines and wife Pam, all of Marion, and Tammy McKee and husband Raymond of Lawrenceville, GA; four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with her grandson, Rev. Gerald Stines officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Ernest.  Flowers are appreciated, however, those wishing to make a memorial contribution in her memory are encouraged to consider Gideon’s International at PO Box 1788, Marion, NC  28752.  

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