To Honor Nell Shore


Nell Parker Shore

November 8, 1928 – August 17, 2014

Raleigh, North Carolina

Nell Parker Shore passed away into Heaven on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the age of 85. She was a beautiful, generous and fun-filled woman who dedicated her life to her husband and family.

Nell was born in Enfield, NC to Robert and Nellie Parker. She was a twin and the fifth of six children. Her twin sister, Dell, passed away at one month old and her parents passed away at age 9 and 11. Her brothers, Robert, John, and Charles and sister Katherine Parker (Rothrock) helped to raise her.

She graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with degrees in Literature and Education in 1949. While attending summer school at Wake Forest, Nell went on a blind date with the handsome man who would later become her husband.

Mrs. Shore was predeceased by her parents, brothers, sisters and her beloved husband of 55 years, Dr. Thomas Clinard Shore, Jr. originally from Rocky Mount, NC. He was a WWII veteran who served with the 20th Air Force in Saipan. He was a professor at NC State University and past President of NC Industrial and Vocational Arts Association.

Nell taught elementary school in Greenbelt, MD and Raleigh, NC for many years. She was a long time member of the NCSU Faculty Club, regularly attended football and basketball games, an expert at Bridge and Bridge Club member, an avid gardener and a member of the local Garden Club. She won numerous awards for her azalea, rose, and flower gardens. After retiring from teaching, she enjoyed substitute teaching and working in retail at North Hills and Crabtree Valley Malls. She was a member of Crabtree Swim and Tennis Club and spent many summers on the beach and sound of Emerald Isle, NC.

Nell was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma. She was a talented seamstress. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ while having the family gather around to sing. Nell enjoyed the dances and parties at NCSU Faculty Club and the Elks Lodge. She travelled extensively with her husband to Africa and Europe especially enjoyed the animals on safari, and bird watching. Nell loved her family and friends and attending church.

Nell had been healthy and living independently at home until she was admitted to Rex Hospital. She was treated for heart problems and other health concerns before passing into Glory with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ two weeks later.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Thomas Clinard Shore, III of Raleigh; daughter, Sally Shore Turner and her husband, Ron of Raleigh; and daughter, Mary Katharine Shore Warren and her husband Larry of Nairobi, Kenya and Brentwood, TN when not living in Africa on the mission field; her grandchildren, William Shore, Matt Turner, Stephanie Britt Turner Stubbs, Ed Warren, Paul Warren, Joshua Warren, John Warren; and great grandchildren, Elijah, Landon Turner, Cole Stubbs, and Ava Stubbs.

Special thanks to her wonderful neighbors, church friends, and the nurses and doctors who cared for her and her family in so many kind and thoughtful ways through the years and during this time of loss.

To honor Nell, donations can be made to Leadership International, to help care for and educate at risk and orphaned children and or to help train pastors in Africa.

On Friday, August 22, 2014, the family will welcome friends at 2:00pm in the fellowship Hall of St. Giles Presbyterian Church followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 3:00pm in the main sanctuary. St. Giles is located at 5101 Oak Park Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 – 919-787-4790.

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Published in The News & Observer on Aug. 20, 2014