Pauline Rucker Shell

Pauline Rucker Shell

Pauline Rucker Shell, 89, was called to heaven Jan. 10, 2021.

Born July 16, 1931, in Loyston, she moved to Philadelphia shortly after. Pauline was a member of First Baptist Church of Philadelphia for most of her life. She married her grammar school sweetheart, Herbert, and raised their two beautiful children on the Shell family dairy farm. They were married for 45 years. Pauline spent her time as a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scouts leader and Girls of America leader, serving her community. Pauline dedicated her life to helping others, working as a registered nurse at Sweetwater Hospital Home Health for 47 years and retiring at age 80. She enjoyed sewing, reading and canning food from their garden. Pauline loved to joke around, always smiling with others.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Shell; son, Gary Shell; mother and father, Martha and Isaac Rucker; and siblings, Edith, Roxie, Ann, Jack and Sarah Mae.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Gwen Shipley and husband, Ed, of Lenoir City; granddaughters, Ciara Phillips of Austin, Texas, and Ariel Newton and husband, Tyler, of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Tobias Phillips and Meredith Newton; siblings, Isaac Rucker of New Jersey and Bettye Ratledge and husband, Joe, of Loudon; special friend, Donna McCarter and family; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Friends may visit 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Loudon Funeral Home. The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at West View Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Courtney officiating. Online condolences may be extended to the family at Loudon Funeral Home and Cremations is in charge of the arrangements.