Mamie “Nell” Osborne, formerly of North Wilkesboro, is heaven-bound after spending 91 years on earth as a loving daughter, sister, mother of five and grandma to many.
Nell was born in Wilkes County on June 30, 1933, to Marion Frank Church and Daisy Agnes Milam Church during the Great Depression. Her childhood was spent learning how to make a little go a long way, as she was a caretaker to her four siblings -- a talent she kept through all her years.
After World War II, she met her late husband, Robert Cecil Osborne, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Their first date was at the Liberty Theater in downtown North Wilkesboro. They were married 44 years before Robert passed away. Nell never remarried and continued to wear her wedding ring. She demonstrated the meaning of unconditional and never-ending love.
Nell loved to use her hands to create. She often worked festivals and tourism events on the Blue Ridge Parkway, showcasing her basket-making and hand-stitched quilts. She could make corn husk dolls, sew stuffed bears and make dresses. She was a giver, generous and kind. Nell nursed many Wilkesboro residents to health in the back room of her home when they could not afford hospital visits. She always put others first.
Nell also loved a good adventure. She had a passion for travel and visited all 50 states and all of North America during her lifetime with her husband, Robert. They also loved camping in their RV in the Smoky Mountains and by the beach. She was a cancer survivor and a prayer warrior. Nell believed in the power of God and loved to sing hymns and attend church. She loved flowers and bird watching. Her garden was always blooming and her bird feeders were always full.
The redhead was also known for her wit and spunk. Never did one have to guess what Nell was thinking. She was funny, but also exceptionally bright. She was an avid reader and writer. She documented many of her life stories and travels through her books and poems. She always had a word search, a good book and her Bible close at hand.
Her humor, kindness and selflessness will be remembered by all who came in contact with her during her 91 remarkable years.
A celebration of Nell’s life will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Miller Funeral Service from 1 to 2 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to come gather in her memory.
Special thanks to the team at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation for their love over the past year. You will always be a part of her family.
Memorial contribu-tions may be made in honor of Nell to Samaritan’s Purse, a local charity that she supported during her life.