Nell Grissom

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Nell Grissom, 90, of Waco, a retired, long-time teacher for Connally ISD, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2022.

Funeral Services: 10AM Friday, September 30 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park.

Visitation: 6 to 8PM Thursday, September 29 at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.

Nell Grissom, 90, of Waco, went home to be with the Lord on September 21, 2022. Nell was born September 15, 1932 in Pledger, Texas to Harold and Jimmie Hall. She attended Boling High School and Baylor University. She taught school for 2 years at Needville High School where she was also the volleyball and tennis girls coach in 1952 and 1953. Nell married J.R. “Cotton” Grissom June 12, 1953. She was employed by Connally ISD where she taught second grade for thirty-nine years. After retirement, she continued ranching and raising cattle with her husband and son at Grissom Ranch in Axtell. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Grissom had gone on many trips abroad and in the United States. She continued to travel on many more cruises and bus tours.

Nell was a charter member of the local chapter of The Alpha Delta Kappa International Teachers Sorority. She held many positions in the local and state chapter. Together Mr. and Mrs. Grissom had two boys, Robert and Greg Grissom. She loved having big family gatherings out at the ranch. She loved deer hunting and fishing. She also loved playing dominos, card games, and bingo.

She was preceded in death by husband of 45 years, J.R. “Cotton” Grissom; son, Gregory Grissom; and brother, Harold Henry Hall, Jr.

She is survived by son, Robert J. Grissom and Lisa; grandchildren, Rebecca Garlington and Brad, Renae Patterson and Don, great grandchildren, Cooper Garlington, Kari Patterson, Tucker Patterson, Colton Patterson, Kimberly Hodges, and Justin Patterson; great-great grandchildren, Jaxson, Sawyer, and Ollie; and nephew, Bobby Joiner and Lori.

A special thanks to the staff, Missy, Sam, and Lisa at The Brazos of Waco and Liza for the special love and care they gave to mom.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Donna G Burzynski

    Hey Robert and Lisa. I just heard about Nell’s passing. Just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking of you during this time. I am so sorry that I will not be able to come to the visitation/funeral. Just wanted you both know that you will be in my prayers and thoughts during this time.

  2. Grissom, I’m sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.

  3. Robert & Lisa, my prayers are with you. You both took such good care of your mother. I really enjoyed the video.

  4. Robert & Lisa,
    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Nell was such a kind and loving woman who loved the Lord.
    Robert & Lisa, you were so good to your mom, taking such good care of her every need.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    She will truly be missed. But she is now with her Heavenly Father healed and whole and dancing with God’s Angels.
    Lore & I love y’all with all of our heart! ❤
    God Bless you both.

  5. My condolences to your family as you mourn the loss of your mother. Robert, you have always been a blessing to your parents and made them very proud of you. May God comfort your family as you mourn the loss of a precious lady.

  6. Nell welcomed me to the second grade team at Connally Elementary in 1990. She opened her heart and classroom to me and to my son and daughter. I’m praying for peaceful hearts as she is once again reunited with her precious Cotton.

  7. Condolences to the family and loved ones of Mrs. Grissom. She was my second grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary. Our class picture is in her memorial film at 1:15. I remember she would have one student pick a verse from the Bible to read aloud every morning. She was a great teacher.

  8. Robert – it saddens me of the loss of your mother. I was so fortunate to have had her as my 2nd Grade in the 60’s. And it was always a pleasure to visit her at school years later. I loved how she was still using the same Valentine card holders as she did back in the day. It was a pleasure having her as an Elementary School Teacher. She was truly one of a kind and will have wonderful memories of my 2nd grade year – Michael Harry

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