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Willie Nell was born to William A. Cassell and Nellie Horton Cassell on Valentine's Day 1928 in Marshall Arkansas. She was the youngest of five with two brothers and two sisters.
She grew up in Elmore City and graduated school after which she married Troy McKee and started a family by having a daughter and a son.
Willie Nell became a caregiver at a young age taking care of cousins and family and she continued this role throughout her life. She found joy in caring for all the children and grandchildren.
Willie Nell was an extremely talented and creative woman. She enjoyed making ceramics and jewelry, collecting, drawing, painting, and she especially loved sewing, embroidery and crochet.
Willie Nell is survived by her son, Tem McKee and wife Diane of Elmore City; granddaughter, Penny Davis and husband Coby of Elmore City; great-grandsons, Tristan and Tucker Davis; grandson, Scott Shreve of Elmore City; granddaughters Mya and Brooklynn Shreve; and sister-in-law, Jane Cassell and Leona McKee.
Willie Nell is preceded in death by her parents, husband Troy McKee, daughter Nelda Jean Shreve and husband Frank Shreve, brothers Venita and D.J. Cassell, and sisters Vera Turner and Vena Howard.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Elmore City. Burial will follow at Elmore City Cemetery.
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