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Ellen Mercer Skelly
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Obituary for Ellen Mercer Skelly

Ellen Mercer Skelly, 71, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina in Rocky Mount.

Ellen was born March 25, 1947, in Duplin County to the late Lewis Ivey and Irene Thomas Mercer. She was married to the late Donald Joseph Skelly, Sr. Ellen was a member of Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Goldsboro. She was a very dedicated and hardworking lady and took great pride in her job in the civil service. Ellen retired as the executive secretary to the Commandant of the Defense Commissary Agency in Virginia Beach, Va. Family was paramount in Ellen’s life; she always enjoyed getting together with family for special occasions, birthdays and at the holidays to celebrate and share great meals and fellowship. She had a huge heart for everyone in her family and her many friends that she met along the way. Ellen’s special outreach hobby was her card ministry; she sent hundreds of cards to family and friends to let them know she was thinking of them and that she cared.

The family will gather with friends on Sunday, September 9, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home. A service to remember her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Joanna Stallings and Rev. Jimmy Mercer officiating. Burial will conclude the service at the East Duplin Memorial Gardens in Beulaville, NC.

Following the graveside service, an after funeral reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Cabin Free Will Baptist Fellowship Hall in Beulaville, NC. All family and friends are invited to attend this celebration of her life.

Left to cherish all of the fond memories shared with her are her brothers, Macon Mercer and wife Joyce and Donald Mercer and wife Kris; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews; stepson Don (Bud) Skelly Jr. and stepdaughters Carol Brinkley, Debra Howell, Donna Seidel, Allison McCullough and Heather Suarez; many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; and very special long time caregivers and friends Paula Fields and Karen Overton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to the Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 532 Country Day Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service

1300 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Funeral Service




2:00 PM
Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service

1300 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Cemetery Details


East Duplin Memorial Gardens

106 E. Main Street
Beulaville, NC 28518

Memorial Contribution

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

532 Country Day Road
Goldsboro, NC 27534

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