NEW BERN - JoAnne Ferguson Shell, 83, of New Bern, died Thursday, February 7, 2013.
She was born October 27, 1929, in Donalsonville, Georgia.
JoAnne is survived by her husband, Roland G. "Sam" Shell; three daughters, Suzanne Shell of New Bern, Judy Buchanan and husband Buck of Huntsville, AL and Margaret "Peggy" Faulkenberry and husband Billy of New Bern; one sister, Vina Stroud of Spring, TX and grandchildren, Megan and Erin Buchanan, Caitlin and Ryan Faulkenberry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Earl Ferguson and Lena Bell Ferguson and brothers, Edward Ferguson and Douglas Ferguson.
She graduated from New Bern High School in 1946. She attended Anderson College in South Carolina and was a graduate with a Business degree from Women's College of UNC in Greensboro, NC.
She married Sam Shell in 1950 and they made their home in Havelock, later moving to New Bern.
She retired after 32 years as a civil service employee at Cherry Point.
She was an active member of Garber United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Garber United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Coastal Women's Shelter, 1333 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28561.
Online condolences may be made to the family atwww.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.