Mrs. Mae Conley Shell, 98, of Marion, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care.

Her granddaughter, Sandra, was 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 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.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Miller Stines, and her husband of 45 years, Ernest Shell. Mae leaves behind a son, Charles David Miller and wife, Mary of the Greenlee community; three grandchildren, Sandra Sherlin and husband, Eddie, and the 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 was held Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with her grandson, the Rev. Gerald Stines officiating. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial followed in Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery where she was 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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