Shanell Church

Shanell Helen Pulliam was born January 25th, 1971 in Kanab Utah to Richard Gene Pulliam and Nedra Pauline Burchinal of Fredonia Arizona. She passed on May 16, 2023. She lived 52 years but never looked a day over 30. Shanell was the youngest of 6 children. She attended Fredonia High School, where she was a cheerleader and an excellent softball player. The people who knew her and knew who she was, knew that being in her presence was nothing short of a good time. Making people laugh was her specialty. Shanell was always a shining star among the people she was around and had an amazing, contagious laugh. She worked at Nedra’s Cafe for many years, serving up smiles and food with her sarcastic wit. She enjoyed the small-town life in Fredonia, listening to her favorite music, studying Indian artifacts, arrowhead hunting and going four wheeling. She always knew to be true to the people around her. Shanell’s spirit always had wings and racing stripes. She loved deeply with all her heart and couldn’t hold still for 5 minutes. Shanell could sing beautifully and out dance anyone. Her greatest gift was her sense of humor. She could make anyone laugh out loud. You never knew what to expect with Shanell, but it was always fun and always worth whatever shenanigans she was ready for.

Shanell is preceded in death by her son Tyson Clayton Church, Father Richard Gene Pulliam, sister Michelle Shumway, sister Lisa June Marsh and stepfather Terry Burchinal. Shanell is survived by her son Whitney Christian Church, granddaughter Kennedy June Church, her mother Nedra Pauline Burchinal, siblings Sheila Stone, Sherri Maynard, Richard Scott Pulliam and Nedra Renae “Sissy” Pulliam, countless cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many, many friends

In celebration of her life, family and friends are invited to attend a casual service being held on Saturday May 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM Utah time at the Mosdell mortuary in Kanab, Utah.

You are invited to watch the services online through the Zoom link below.

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  1. Sheila May 21, 2023 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I miss you Shanell. I miss you so very much. I am over joyed to know how free you must be. No pain, no sorrow, no fear or doubt.
    As we cry and wave goodbye to you with sadness and tears, those you love, who love you, who have missed and waited for you for so long, must be waving with joy, saying with love, excitement and laughter, HERE SHE COMES, HERE SHE COMES.
    I will see you again someday my dear sister. Watch over us, over me. I’m reallly going to need you. I already do. I love you little mighty fierce one. Forever until we meet again.
    p.s. Could you please speak to someone up there about the shit valve being stuck open spraying directly on our family for years now? Thanks Nell I love you !

  2. Rhonda Stephens May 21, 2023 at 11:13 am - Reply

    My beautiful cousin, my heart hurts! I’ll never forget the years of memories we made throughout our lives! One of the funniest people I know, she will be truly missed!

  3. SherryBlack May 22, 2023 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I will miss you, i k iw you are now healty and healed. I will never forget all the fun times we had.

  4. Kim Holts May 22, 2023 at 11:13 am - Reply

    There will never be another like you. I’m so proud to say we were truly friends.I still hear you sing nothing compares to you. Best times ever.wish we could do it again. It’s gonna be the first thing we do when I see you again. Miss you Nel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️.

  5. Jan Humphrey May 22, 2023 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    There just are no words to express my sadness for the loss of my best friend in the world! That’s pretty selfish of me when I should be expressing my happiness for Shanell because she has no more heartache and no more pain. I am happy for her but for right now, I can only feel deep sadness, tremendous loss and really don’t know what to do without her in my life. We saved each other time and time again. We were “Crunchy P-Nut Butter and Jam”. I love you, Shanell. I will miss our wild and crazy times together. I miss you and will miss you for the rest of my life. I will never forget you or the way you always lit up my life with your presence. Until we meet again, my friend, I hope you are my guardian angel still just as you were here on earth.

  6. Shae Zufelt May 23, 2023 at 3:09 am - Reply

    You were a light like know other, I never laughed more then when we were together. I’ll miss you my sweet friend

  7. Gregory spendlove May 28, 2023 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Hay nell it’s your little brother sorry couldn’t make it to Fredonia will miss you one day we will see each other again love u and will miss you

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