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Nellie Ruth  Shull

Obituary for Nellie Ruth Shull

August 27, 1931 - November 25, 2018
Cedar Park, Texas | Age 87


Nell Shull passed away on November 25, 2018, in Cedar Park, Texas, following a long illness. A graveside service honoring her life will be held at the Athens Cemetery in Athens, Texas, on Friday, November 30th at 1:00 p.m. with burial to follow.

Nell was born on August 27, 1931, in Red River County, Texas, to parents Ernest and Nanie Bell Tuck Ham. She was the first born daughter of seven children in a large farm family. Nellie was a precocious child and at four years old began attending first grade with her "big brother" Charles when he was reluctant to go without her. All assumed she would quickly cease going which was not the case. She graduated from Deport High School at 16 years of age and soon after moved to West Texas to live with extended family to seek employment.

While living in West Texas, Nell worked as a nurse aid and as a telephone operator. It was during this time in her life that she had the good fortune of being set up on a blind double date. Even though things did not go well with her date, at the conclusion of the evening the other young man removed her clip on earing and informed her she could get it back when she went on a date with him. That smitten young man was Harold Shull. Harold and Nell married a year later on February 18, 1950, and within seven years had two sons and one daughter together.

During her family's early years Nell was primarily a stay at home mom and was kept busy by two rambunctious sons and a talkative daughter. After all three children were in school full time she and Harold purchased a home and auto store in Jacksonville, Texas, which they owned for seven years before selling it. Nell then went to licensed vocational nursing school and worked for the local hospital until she decided, with the coaxing of Harold, to go back to college to get a bachelor's degree in social work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She graduated at the age of 46 and worked at Rusk State Hospital as a social worker until retiring 10 years later. After retiring and relocating to Nell's hometown of Deport, Texas, she and Harold spent the remainder of their years together enjoying family and especially their 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter before Harold passed away in July of 2001 after 51 years of marriage together.

Nell's family would like her to be remembered as a generous and compassionate woman who actively volunteered in local community organizations, who was passionate about her faith and her church, and who spent her later years caring for her elderly mother. She loved to read and had a life- long love of learning. Nell had an exquisite sense of humor and loved a good joke but could not successfully tell one because she could never manage to complete the "punch line" before dissolving into laughter.

Nell was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Nannie Bell Ham, her brother Bob Ham, her infant sister Mary Lou Ham, her sisters-in-law Sarah Ham and Barbara Ham, her brother-in-law Marshall Jeffus, and her beloved husband Harold Shull. Remaining relatives include her sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Joe Bruno, her sister Sandra Jeffus, her brother Charles Ham, her brother and sister-in-law Duwayne and Pat Ham, Gerald Ham, and her cousin Wanda Bradley. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law Geary and Carol Shull, her son Randy Shull, and her daughter and son-in-law Karen and Chuck Michie. Most beloved of all are her four grandchildren Glyn Shull, Caitlin Michie, Travis Michie, and Nathan Michie and four great-grandchildren Alma, Vivi, Nik, and Naomi Shull.

Also, Nell's family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and caregivers at New Hope Manor in Cedar Park, Texas, where she lived the final two years of her life. Their tireless dedication to her care and their loving support of our family helped her and us "weather the storms" of these difficult years. They were and are angels of mercy. Their love and support will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest that donations in honor of Nell Shull be made to the Alzheimer's Association at

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