Nellie Elizabeth Schafer, 84, of Carlisle passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 8, 2023. Nell was born August 21, 1938 to Cooke and Lovie Shelton of Snake Island, Arkansas. Nell was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Elbert Schafer. She is survived by her children, John Schafer of Sherwood, Tammy Snider of Hot Springs, Brenda McCallie (Roger) and Kathy Byrd (Ronnie) of Carlisle; six grandchildren, Jessica Speight (Seth), Lana Ball (Tanner), Dylan Byrd (Rachel), Emily and Gracien Byrd and Colton Adams; two great-grandchildren, Marlee and Myles Ball.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Shelton and a great-granddaughter, Sunni Ball. Nellie was born and raised in Snake Island, Arkansas where she spent her days working on the farm. She graduated from Carlisle High School. After graduation, Nell spent a lifetime as a homemaker, avid gardener, and bookkeeper for the family farm. In her later years, her passion was sewing and she became a skilled quilter; she was a member of various quilting guilds. The joy of her life was time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many precious friends.
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen, Arkansas with the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. following visitation. Interment will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.