Loretta Shell

March 14, 1927May 11, 2014
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Loretta Shell, passed away May 11, 2014 at Baptist Hospital East. She was born March 14, 1927, to Brisco and Louise Thomas. She was a member of the Christian Assembly Church, and a retired employee of the General Electric Co.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years Douglas Shell, her parents, her precious granddaughters she dearly loved, Robin and Melanie Keehn, her sisters, Doris Mae Thomas, and Virginia Simon, brother, Jerry Thomas, and brother-in-law, Steve Lyons.

She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory, her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Louie Keehn. Brothers, George Thomas (Betty) and Larry Thomas (Shelia), Sisters, Lois Weatherholt (Leroy), Marydora Conley (David), Valerie Lyons, nieces, nephews, and many friends she dearly loved. Also, a very special young man to her, Taylor Pickett.

We really appreciated the kindness and help from the Baptist Hospital East staff.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00am at Christian Assembly Church, 9020 Stone Street Rd.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 14, 2013 from 1:00 to 8:00pm at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, with interment in Beth Haven Cemetery.

Additional visitation will be Thursday morning from 10 until time of service at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Christian Assembly Church.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 15, 2014

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GAry and Sharon Hiles

May 15, 2014

Judy and Louie,

Sharon and I were saddened to hear about Judy's mother. We recall being with Doug and Loretta during meetings years ago. They were 2 of our greatest friends during those years. We reviewed the photos posted with Doug's obituary. What precious memories!

Just rest assured that our hope in Jesus is far greater than what we thought and you can have peace that your parents, Robin, Melanie, Louie's dad, and others are ALL coming back together at the appearing of Jesus in just a few years from now.

God Bless, you are in our prayers.

Billie Meier

May 15, 2014

Judy, Louie and Loretta's extended family: You have my sympathy in Loretta's passing. She was a good friend to me. Due to present health conditions, I am so disappointed that I cannot visit or attend her funeral. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

Vanessa Keith

May 14, 2014

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a sweet, kind and a classy lady. Hopefully we will all get to see her again someday.

Cassie Eifler Neel

May 14, 2014

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Gaye Bolton

May 14, 2014

Judy and Louie, God knows the pain you are feeling and I know He will comfort you. Your mom was such a sweet and gentle lady. I thought so much of her. My prayers are with you during this time.

May 14, 2014

Judy so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. You are in our prayers. May the Holy Spirit comfort you in your time of sorrow.
John and Mildred McCart
High Point, NC

May 13, 2014

Very sorry to all the Thomas/Shell/Kheen family. Loretta was a super lady and gave me some very fond memories from my childhood.

Deepest Sympathies,
DeDe Wiseman Howson

May 13, 2014

Judy and Louis, We are so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our prayers are with you both. Love, your Republic Bank J-Town friends.

Theresa (Davis) Burkhead

May 13, 2014

Judy, so sorry for your loss. I dearly loved both your mom and dad and I'm sure you will miss her greatly. You can take solace in knowing that she is now with your dad in a much better place. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Conni Kreutzer

May 13, 2014

Dear Thomas Family,
So sorry to hear of Loretta's passing. I enjoyied the photo of Loretta and Val on FaceBook, on Mother's Day. I have fond memories of her and Doug and the whole family. she always made my family feel special. I know she will be missed dearly. I'm sure She is very happy to be with Doug and the rest of the family , living eternally in heaven, Love to All, Conni Kreutzer