Maxie Shannonhouse

Maxie Shannonhouse

Maxie Louise Glazener Shannonhouse, 94, of Tuscarora Avenue, Elizabeth City, died Friday, November 22, 2013 in Albemarle Hospital.  The youngest child of George Tully Glazener and Lena Frances Sparks Glazener, she was born October 7, 1919 in Transylvania County, NC.  Her family moved to Chase City, VA when she was a young child, and she grew up happily on the family farm there.  After high school graduation she entered Johnston-Willis School of Nursing in Richmond, VA, receiving an RN certification and taking some higher level special classes in pediatric nursing.  She married Archie M. Shannonhouse on October 30, 1948, and moved to Elizabeth City, where she continued nursing duties at Albemarle Hospital.  She worked on the 4th floor at the “new” hospital, then took training for ICU when it was first started there.  She was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, the Proverbs Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women and Circle #2.

Maxie was predeceased by her parents, and also by her beloved husband of 40 years, Archie, who died in 1989.  She is survived by five children:  Frances Shannonhouse of Elizabeth City; Faye S. Berry and husband, Maurice, of Weeksville; Ann S. Godfrey and husband, Allen, of Camden; Archie M. “Art” Shannonhouse, Jr. of Rocky Mount; and Janet S. Perry and husband, Tom, of Sunbury.  She has eight grandchildren:  Dr. Meredith Berry and husband Dr. Brian Chorley of Raleigh; Tristan B. Laundon and husband Dr. Russell Laundon of Durham; Shannon Hayden and husband, Jeremy, of Weeksville; Brandon Shannonhouse and Justin Shannonhouse, both of Raleigh; Nicholas Wilson of Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville; Micah Godfrey of Camden; and Melissa Wilson of Elizabeth City.  Maxie’s youngest treasures are her four great-grandchildren:  Evan and Shane Chorley, Daniel Wilson and Emory Laundon.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Riverside United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Julia Webb-Bowden officiating.  Burial will follow at West Lawn Cemetery, Elizabeth City.  The family will receive visitors Sunday, November 24, 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the funeral home, and all other times at the home of Faye and Maurice Berry, 1157 Double Bridge Road, Elizabeth City.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Riverside UMC Building Fund, 1400 Edgewood Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.  Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Shannonhouse family.  Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. Ann Carol White

    Ann, Faye, Frances, Janet, and Art

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your familes at this time. May you find comfort in your loving memories of her and from our heavenly Father.

    With love,
    Ann Carol and Johnny

  2. Ed and Pam Reel

    To the Shannonhouse Family,
    Maxie was one great lady as was her husband Archie. Both were great friends with my mom and dad. She will certainly be missed by all that knew her. Although I can’t make the funeral, I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Ed and Pam Reel

  3. Wanda Forbes

    Ann, So sorry to hear about your Mom. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.

  4. Cynthia Spear

    It was a great pleasure to help in the care of Mrs. Shannonhouse at Winslow Memorial. My prayers are with the family at this time of great loss. She had such a beautiful smile.

  5. Julie and Meredith Brown

    Remembering Maxie’s beautiful smile and her loving family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Butch, Lisa and Kara

    You all have been through so much. We are praying as you go through this huge loss. Ms. Maxie was so kind and thoughtful and she will be missed.

  7. Karen Speakman foreman

    Janet and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mother.
    She was always so nice to me when I came over to play with Janet .
    She even bandaged my scraped knee.

  8. Sharon & Eric Butller

    Aunt Maxie was always so sweet & fun-spirited. I know you will miss her tremendously.

    May comfort & peace be yours from God.

  9. Beth Ferrell Cooper

    I have so many fond memories of your Mother & she was a very special friend. My thoughts & prayers are with & your family. May God’s comfort give you peace.
    Mark & Beth

  10. Ginnie and Ralph Passmore

    Dear Family of Maxie:
    May you all find comfort in beautiful memories of Maxie. She was such a wonderful lady. Now she and Archie are tending Heaven’s Rose Garden….happy and pain free forever more.
    Much Love,
    Ginnie and Ralph Passmore

  11. Tull Glazener

    Dear Frances, Faye, Ann, Art, and Janet,

    I’m so saddened to hear of “Aunt Maxie’s” passing. I know what a difficult time this is for you all. What gives me some comfort is knowing that she is now at peace, and with all her loved ones who had gone on before. I’ll always remember her for her kind, caring, and gentle spirit, and for the ever-present twinkle that always seemed to be in her eyes. Please know that the entire Shannonhouse family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. May God grant you His comfort and peace.

    Love to all,

  12. The Helms Family

    To Maxie’s family: you have been in our thoughts and prayers today. We are grateful for the ways our lives have intersected with the Shannonhouse family. We are better people for knowing Archie and Maxie. May you know God’s peace and comfort. Suzanna,Hank, Matthew and Sarah

  13. John and Patty

    Our prayers are with each one during this time. She was an amazing women who loved life. May you find comfort in God’s love.

  14. William M. (Bill) Presnell, D.D.

    Dear Friends: I will always remember lunch after church on Sundays. Maxie and Archie were kind, loving, giving and caring for a young preacher just out of Divinity School. What wonderful memories. Remember the “Midnight Madness” pie? Still makes me laugh :-)

    + Bill Presnell

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