of Little Rock, AR
June 12, 1942 - January 13, 2022
Ginny Shell, age 79, passed away peacefully at home in Little Rock, AR on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Born in Hutchinson, KS, she was the 3rd of 3 kids born to Joe and Lena Brooks. She married Bob Shell on April 7, 1973. They have 5 children. She is survived by her sister, Beverly (Don) Brooks Wright, and her children, Linda (Mark) Squires, Vicki Doss, Scott Shell, Cathy (Terral) Gammill and Allison (John) Nelson; grandchildren, Christy (Jerry), Mandy (John), Josh (Heather), John Mark (Caitlin), Bridgette (Joey), Lacey, Robert, Sarah, Jason, Claire, Andi, Emma and Brooklyn; and 8 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother, Larry Brooks.Ginny graduated from Hall High School and then went on to college at Texas Christian University, graduating with a degree in Home Economics. Upon graduation, she moved to Galveston and eventually landed back in Little Rock. She stayed at home to be a wife and a mom and took pride in her job as a homemaker. She was an excellent cook; so much so that she won the Arkansas State Beef Cookoff with her "Stuffed Mexican Meatloaf". Her win took her to San Antonio for the National Beef Cookoff!She loved volunteering in the bed babies department at First Baptist Church and later became active in her Sunday School Class at Immanuel Baptist Church. She was a member of the Little Rock Junior Departmental Club and the Antique Club. She loved to antique and flea market and one of her biggest joys was her Hearts Club, who met every month for over 20 years and traveled together to War Eagle each year.She and Bob had a heart for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and one of their proudest accomplishments is building the Ginny and Bob Shell Alzheimer's Center at Parkway Village. She also loved serving at Baptist Health and was a faithful Bolo Bash committee member for over 20 years. Ginny and Bob supported the hospital in many ways but Bob was especially proud of the time he surprised Ginny by naming the new hospital cafeteria after her, Cafe 9601 by Ginny Shell.With all of her involvements and passions, what she treasured most was time spent with her family-her husband, both her daughters and her grandgirls. She loved and valued people and her mantra in life was the Golden Rule - "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" Luke 6:31.A Memorial Service celebrating Ginny's life will be held at 1:30pm, Friday, January 21, 2022 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 20 from 5-7pm at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held earlier. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ginny's name to Immanuel Baptist Church (ibclr.org) or Alzheimer's Arkansas (alzark.org)
We were so sorry to hear about Ginny. We were in the same Sunday School Class with Ginny and Bob. They were such sweet people and we always enjoyed visiting with them. They were so kind and down to earth people. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family.
Cathy and family,I’m so incredibly sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you❤️ Love to all.
It was a pleasure to have known and worked with Ginny. She will be missed.
June and I are so saddened with the death of Ginny. We will miss seeing her at our class reunions. She is now back together with Bob and they are both healthy again. May she rest in peace.Bunny & June Brown
Ginny was warm, fun, full of life and love. She and Bob will both be missed. They were quite a team. Our community has benefitted greatly, and I feel blessed to have known them. My deepest sympathies to you the family members who will so deeply miss her.
Ginny was such a sweet, loving lady. She and Bob made a great couple in their service to the Lord and to our community. We crossed paths often in the Sutton Sunday School class at Immanuel Baptist Chruch and in the work of Alzheimer's Arkansas. It was not unusual for Ginny to invite us to lunch at some local restaurant after Church on Sunday. Janice would often bump into Ginny at the grocery store and they always had time for a visit. Ginny was such a Godly lady; humble, encouraging, always smiling and friendly. May God bless the family and friends of this wonderful lady.Janice and Wayne Elkins
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss I loved Ginny. She inspired me. She was fun to be around. I know she will be missed by many! I know she is with Jesus and her beloved Bob. Praying for your family and friends at this time of loss for y’all. Anita
We loved Ginny and Bob. They were such sweet and loving people. Our paths crossed often in the Sutton Sunday School Class at Immanuel, and in the work of Alzheimer's Arkansas. Ginny would bump intro Janice frequently at the grocery store where they always had time for a visit. It was not unusual for Ginny to invite us to lunch at some restaurant after Church. Ms Ginny was a Godly woman, humble, gracious, encouraging, and faithful. She and Bob made a wonderful couple in their service to God and the community. We pray God's blessings on the family and friends.Janice and Wayne Elkins
To Miss Ginny’s family and friends: Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. I am asking The Holy Spirit to pour His peace and contentment, comfort and joy, down over you all, like warm honey. Blessings! Libbie
Ginny always had a smile on her face, kind to all.
Cathy and Allison, Your mom was a gift to so many. Her kind spirit and love of family made an impact on everyone she met. I know that you two and your families were the source of so much joy in her life. Love you both and holding you all close in prayer! Cheryl and Rich Gochis
We at Alzheimer's Arkansas sends our deepest sympathies to the Shell family . Ginny's footprint is imbedded into the fabric of the organization. It was a pleasure to know her. I pray for the family's strength during this difficult time.
Whenever I saw Ginnie, either in the neighborhood or at any function, I knew that I'd be greeted with a big smile and a hug. She spread love and she had a generosity of spirit for all. She and Bob were a team and contributed to our community in many valuable ways. I'm grateful to have been her friend.Barbara Hawes
What a legacy she left. My condolences to the whole family.
I am personally so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. On behalf of the board and staff of Alzheimer’s Arkansas, we sincerely appreciate the time, energy and financial gifts she and Mr Bob put into building and sustaining our organization. They were both treasures!
I'm so sorry that Ginny Is gone. I have known her all of my life. She and my mom were great friends. She will be missed.
Sending my prayer and love to the family.From the moment I met Ms.Ginny I fell in love with her. It was an honor and privilege to be able to get to know not just her but her amazing family. You were guaranteed to have a good laugh. She didn’t just look as me as her caregiver she wanted to get to know me as a person and she always asked about my kids. Every once in a while she would be onery and I’d say “Now Ginny Shell” and she would just laugh. She will be missed so much and I will forever be thankful for the time that I was allowed to spend with her. I Love You Ginny Shell!!!
So sorry for your loss. I have known them for many years. Ginny and Bob were genuine, caring, giving friends and will forever be remembered in my heart and the hearts of many others.
To Ginny's family, we are so sorry for your loss but we are sure that Ginny was ready to be with Bob again. Bob and Ginny are long time friends of our entire family. Your family is in our prayers.