KNOTTS ISLAND – Nellie “Shirley” Gosnell, 73, gained her wings on May 17, 2023 surrounded by her loved ones. Shirley was born in Norfolk, VA on Oct. 22, 1949 to Nellie and Mack McCracken. She was the youngest of four siblings.
Shirley worked much of her life in banking, and in her later years, she worked for and eventually retired from Sentara Healthcare. Throughout her life, she dedicated much of her time to helping others. She was kind to each person she met and had a magical way of making every person feel special and seen. So much so, she even dubbed the nickname, “Sweetie,” with family and friends. Above all, her family was her world, and she was the matriarch and biggest supporter of the ones she loved most.
She is predeceased by her parents and siblings.
Left to cherish her memory include: her husband and life partner of nearly 42 years, Eddie Gosnell; her loving daughter, Sherry (Louis) Peterson; and granddaughters, Ashley (Michael) Pate and Taylor Peterson (Nick Rhodes). She also leaves behind a step-daughter, Amy Oakley, many dear friends and extended family, and her two canine companions, Holly and Vinny.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake. Express condolences to the family at www.atlmeyerfh.com.