Nell Elizabeth Bass Eubanks
Nell Elizabeth Bass Eubanks died peacefully at Pearl River Nursing Home on June 6, 2017. Shewas 98 years old. This beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt, volunteer and friend was born on August 31, 1918 to Isaac Houston and Hoyt Fenn Bass in Lumberton, Mississippi. Nell Eubanks lived a long, generous and remarkably resilient life. She leaves a legacy of hard work and deep love of her large family and wide circle of friends. Her surviving family includes five children: Nell E. Noonan of Durham, NC, Michael Ray Eubanks (wife Sue) of Lumberton, Mary W. Eubanks of Durham, David B. Eubanks of Chapel Hill, NC, and Gaston W. Eubanks (wife Shannon) of Chapel Hill; twelve grandchildren; twenty eight
great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews including Isaac Houston Bass, III of Hattiesburg. Her husband of 63 years Michael Joseph Eubanks, a baby daughter, son Fenn B. Eubanks, and siblings Isaac Houston Bass, Jr., Mary Jo High, Gaston Ray Bass and Hoyt Fenn Bass preceded Nell in death. This matriarch loved her large family dearly. She was a fantastic cook. Family dinners were memorable for delicious food and lively conversation. Special occasions and birthdays did not slip by her, and she would always call to sing "Happy Birthday" over the phone up until a few weeks before she died. She was an avid correspondent who kept in touch with family and friends around the country through her many letters and cards to them. Nell had a passion for flowers, which included a special love for camellias. Late in life she and her husband operated the Pigford Camellia Nursery in Lumberton. They were members of the American Camellia Society, and Nell served as a certified judge at camellia shows throughout the South. Another strong interest was American history, including her family's genealogy. This interest in history was far reaching, and she and husband Mike were active members of the Mississippi Historical Society for many decades. Like her mother, she was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1951. Along with other DAR members, she played a role in the preservation of Rosalie, an antebellum home in Natchez, MS. She served as a docent dressed in period costume to give guided tours during the Natchez Pilgrimage. She moved to Biloxi in 2000, and served as Regent of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of the DAR (the oldest chapter in Mississippi) from 2004 - 2006. She relocated to Hattiesburg in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nell was active in supporting her children's schools and activities. She loved to read and had a special interest in libraries and literacy programs. This active energetic woman served as president of the Lumberton Woman's Club in 1957-58. She was involved in the Methodist Church in Lumberton and in Chapel Hill, NC when she resided there. There was always a Bible and devotion book on her nightstand. Nell will be buried in the family plot in the Lumberton Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Lumberton United Methodist Church, Eleventh Avenue, Lumberton 39455 on July 15, 2017 at 11 AM.
Published in the Hattiesburg American from June 12 to June 14, 2017 -
Michael Joseph Eubanks
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