On June 23, 2018, after a very long and courageous battle with congestive heart failure and sarcoidosis, Patti Anne (Buchanan) Shell went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 72 years old.
Patti Anne was born on May 20, 1946, in Memphis, TN, to James Franklin and Anna Bess (Bailey) Roark. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lela Taskey; brother, Tracy Buchanan; and aunt, Emma Lou Bailey. She is survived by her daughter, Karlyn McCullough, and son-in-law, Keith McCullough, who was like a son to her, both of Roland, AR; son, Jim Shell and his wife, Sunny, of Plano, TX; twin sister, Kathi Rumbaoa (Sam), of West Plains, MO; brother, Mark (Cindy) Buchanan, of Monroe, LA; brother-in-law, Bobby Taskey, of Royal, AR; and brother, David Schuman (Marsha), of St. Louis, MO. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Emma McCullough of Little Rock, AR; Ethan McCullough, Seth McCullough, and Jacob McCullough, all of Roland, AR; Michael Shell (Caitlin) and Kevin Shell, all of Plano, TX. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved her dearly.
Patti Anne amazed us all with her ability to trust the Lord in her great trials. She was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 1988, enduring horrible side effects for many years from the medicines used to treat that. She underwent a liver transplant in 2006 that allowed her to be with us 12 more years but also brought its own level of suffering. Due to liver failure, she developed diabetes that remained after the transplant. She also was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in the past few months. But she trusted God in all of these things, consistently verbalizing her faith in His plans for her. Even to the end, even though Mom was ready to be in Heaven with Jesus, she was patient to wait for His timing for her Home-going.
Patti Anne enjoyed many things! She loved being with her family, always reached out to help people in need, and was known for her gracious hospitality. She loved crosswords, reading, going to the movies, and listening to the old hymns. She will be remembered for her bright clothing, impeccable manicures, and love for animal-print clothing and furniture!
We already miss her so much, but we also do not grieve as others do who have no hope. We will see her again!
Patti Anne was a member of Bible Church of Little Rock, where services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 30, with Pastor Paul Hamline officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will immediately follow at Riverwood Memorial Gardens, Maumelle, AR. Pallbearers will be Ethan McCullough, Seth McCullough, Jacob McCullough, Nick Nichols, James Henrich, and Mark Etherington. Special thanks to Hospice Home Care for their compassionate and tender care for us; and also to Vivian Etherington, a special friend and tremendous help for our family for the past 12 years.
Memorials may be made to Bible Church of Little Rock, 19111 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, AR, 72223; or to ARORA, 1701 Aldersgate Rd., Ste. 4, Little Rock, AR, 72205.