BURLINGTON –- Nora Cole Shell, 87, formerly of Holland Avenue, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1926, she was the daughter of Neill Angus and Virginia King Cole.
Nora was preceded in death by her husband, E.C. Shell Jr.
She is survived by her son, Edward Cleveland Shell III and his wife, Sandra Taylor Shell, of Salisbury, N.C. and her son, Robert Neill Shell and his wife, Teresa Haynes Shell, of Marietta, Ga. There are three surviving grandchildren, Jason John Kingsley Shell, Lindsey Paige Shell and Robert Neill Shell Jr. and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Annie Cole Kelly and she has one surviving sister, Sara Cole Brown of New Bern, N.C. Also surviving are much loved nieces, nephews and cousins, and their spouses and children.
Nora was a long-time resident of Burlington and well known for her religious, civic and charitable activities. Among her many accomplishments, she was particularly proud of being an organizer, charter member and financial secretary of Grace United Methodist Church; a Hospice Market team worker and leader for 15 years; and a volunteer worker with 30 years of service for Alamance County Hospital and its successor, Alamance Regional Medical Center. Family, friends and acquaintances invariably remember Nora for her generosity to those less fortunate, her strong, undauntable will, and an intense sense of what is right and wrong which manifested itself in all aspects of her life. Many more well-deserved accolades could be cited and much more said about how Nora touched and influenced people's lives, but in accordance with her specific directives this obituary is being made brief and to the point.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Lowe Funeral Home, 2205 South Church St. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1899 Wilkins St. by the Rev. Ronnie Byrd, pastor. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and for those who wish to honor Nora's life with a charitable donation of which she would greatly approve, please direct memorials to Hospice & Palliative Center of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 (http://hospiceac.org/
You may sign the online register book at www.lowefuneralhome.com