December 4, 1946 – October 9, 2016
In 1950, The Shell Family relocated to San Diego, California, where Raynell received her formal education through the San Diego Unified School District. She attended Logan Elementary, Memorial Junior High, and San Diego High. Raynell was married once to James Laramore. She had two sons, Charles Steel and Dory Laramore. Raynell was employed with AT&T for twenty-six years. After retirement, she re-entered the work force, where she was employed at Walmart for ten years and the San Diego Unified School District for eight years. Raynell was a longtime member of Bethel Memorial AME Church under the spiritual guidance of Reverend Harvey L. Vaughn, III. She served on various ministries and wherever she was needed until her health prevented her from doing so. She truly loved the Lord and she knew the Lord loved her. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm, which was also on her license plate. Anyone who knew Raynell knew that she loved her Pepsi in a bottle. You would never see her without one. She adored her children and her grandchildren. She loved them unconditionally and they dearly loved her. They were the joys of her life. Raynell was very kind, caring and always considerate of others; to know her was to love her. She was a hardworking, single mother who raised two sons on her own. She was what you would call a “Great Mother”, sticking with her sons through thick and thin, good and bad. Raynell always put other people’s feelings and well-being before her own. An unselfish Woman who lived for her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Fred Jr., Roderick, Douglas and Howard Shell and her sister, Vernell Hardy. On Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 11:02 A.M., Raynell Laramore was called home to Glory to receive her eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her two loving sons; Charles Steel and Dory Laramore and his wife, Deanna; brothers, Charles Shell and David Shell; grandchildren, Charnise Steel, Asia Steel and Aliyah Steel, Dory Laramore Jr., Camille Laramore and Kingston Laramore; great–grandson, Alfonso Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.