Bertha Viverette Shell

Bertha Viverette Shell of Roanoke Rapids, NC, born on June 15, 1916, in Halifax County, NC, passed away on July 29, 2015, at the age of ninety-nine. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Eugene Craig Shell, her parents, Maggie and Joseph Viverette, and numerous siblings.

Bertha was fondly known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Ganganbubba. She and her husband, Eugene owned and managed The Quality Shop in Roanoke Rapids for most of their married lives. Bertha loved fashion and travelling with her husband, family and friends. She was an avid bridge player and golfer. She loved flowers and gardening and could do magic with a sewing machine and a jar of decoupage. She was a member of Rosemary Baptist Church. She dearly loved and was very much loved by her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Shell Allen, and her husband, Garland, of Littleton, NC, Jeannie Shell Collier and her husband, Don, of Seymour, Tennessee; one sister, Marie Viverette Wilkof of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Jeremy Hogan, Maggie Hogan, Julie Cooper and her husband, William, Christopher King, Jennifer Upchurch and her husband, David; and her great-grandchildren, Bella and Emma Cooper and Grayson and Lily Upchurch; ; and her sister-in-law, Merle Shell of Roanoke Rapids.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Askew Funeral and Cremation Services from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM with the funeral services following in the chapel at 2:00 PM officiated by Rev. Randy Martin. Interment will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation,, 60 E. 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or Community Home Care and Hospice at 525 Becker Drive, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

A special thanks to all of the staff at Carolina Rest Home for taking such good care of our mom. We also want to express our sincere gratitude for the compassionate care of Community Home Care and Hospice who kept our mom comfortable and us comforted.

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