Merle Jean Pitre Shell

Merle Jean Pitre Shell, 96, of Lufkin, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021. Merle was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana to Romaine DeLaFosse Pitre and Ida Raye Woolley Pitre on July 29, 1925. She was fun-loving and had a beautiful smile that could light up the whole room when she walked in. Merle will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Francis Shell; parents, Romaine and Ida Pitre; and many siblings.

Merle is survived by her daughters, Virginia Shell and Sandra Shell; special daughter, Karon Burke; grandson, John Alan Lemons and wife Angelia; great-grandchildren, Logan Morris, Jayde Eason, and Harleigh Lemons; and three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12pm to 2pm on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Allison Funeral Service, with services to immediately follow. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Liberty, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a memorial donation to Shiloh Ministries, PO Box 10226 Liberty, TX 77575, 936-334-8616 or to Affinity Hospice, 2708 S. Medford Drive, Lufkin, TX 75901, 936-639-2626.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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