Published: 2:05 pm, Sun. May. 6th, 2018Updated: 2:04 pm
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, at First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, Okla., for Shirley LaVonne (Steward) Nell.
Nell, 84, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2018, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Interment will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford. A memorial service will be held in Artesia at a later date.
Shirley was born in Weatherford, the daughter of Rader Charles and Ollie Mae (Dawson) Steward.
She was married to Warren Earle Nell, son of William Bryan and Crystal (McCarty) Nell, for 62 years and resided in Lubbock at the time of her death.
Shirley was a 1952 graduate of Weatherford High School and later received a Bachelor of Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She worked as an elementary teacher for 25 years, primarily teaching second and third grade. Over the years, she taught in Aztec, Tucumcari and Artesia.
Warren and Shirley resided in Artesia for 42 years before relocating to Lubbock in 2011.
As a teacher, Shirley loved her students and always took great interest in each of them. She also taught Sunday School, was a member of First United Methodist Church, PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma and AAUW, and served on numerous church committees.
She was a very strong and courageous person, as she was a Type I diabetic for more than 72 years. She was honored by the Joslin Diabetic Center and was an encourager to many who have diabetes.
Shirley was blessed with a wonderful family. Survivors include daughter Lisa Robinson and husband Rex of Carlsbad; son Charles Nell and wife Laura of Lubbock; grandchildren Dedi and Hondo Hanagan, Drew and Kristyne Robinson, Barrett and Brianna Robinson, Maggie and Dusty Maney, Charles Bryan Nell Jr., and Katie Nell; great-grandchildren Kinslee, Breleigh and Hudson Hanagan, Sydney Robinson, and Bentley Robinson; brothers- and sisters-in-law WB “Dub” Nell, Wanda Faye Williams, and GQ and Donna Nell; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, on May 2, 2017; her parents and in-laws; sister Patricia McIntyre; brother Roland Steward and his wife, Mae Anne; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Gene and Sybil Francis, Roland and Wilma Gene Kromer, Floyd and Geraldine Carrick, Therol Nell, and Norman Williams.
Shirley lived a happy life, loved the Lord and her family, and valued her friends’ friendship greatly. She blessed all who knew her. She was a dear and sweet wife, mother, Nana and friend. Shirley lived her life based on Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart as unto the Lord.” She lived by and loved the song “What a Wonderful World.”