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Obituaries » Michelle Y. Carter

On the night of January 27, 2021, Michelle Yvonne “Shell” Carter, 58, of Culpeper, closed her eyes and departed this life to start her journey on to the next.

Michelle was born March 2, 1962, in Fauquier County, to the late Lloyd and Julia Grigsby.

She was a graduate of Fauquier High School in Warrenton. Michelle was a fun loving and very outgoing person. She had a heart of gold. For over 20 years she opened her heart and home to anyone in need. Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends, dining out, playing cards, dancing, listening to her oldies but goodies, or just enjoying their company. She was a very family oriented person. If she wasn't stopping by your house to check on you, best believe she was calling you on the phone until you answered. Michelle loved to travel and take a “Sunday ride” any day of the week. She was a jokester and appreciated a good laugh.

“Shell” loved many things including her music, cold Pepsi and Reese’s cups. One thing Michelle loved more than her Reese’s was the love of her life and soulmate Steven “Steve” Carter. Michelle and Steve shared 35 wonderful years together.

“Shelly,” as he called her, and Steve joined in union on July 8, 2000. They truly enjoyed every moment together. Very often they would take long road trips. They had many shopping adventures or as she would state, “We gonna shop ’til we drop.” They kept their flame burning like the sunrise and set. Through their union they raised four beautiful daughters. Michelle was a caring and loving mother. She was always there for her girls offering advice, support, hugs and her famous cornbread recipe. At the end of each phone call she would not allow them to end the call with saying “bye” only “talk to you later” or “talk to you soon” and always, “I love you.”

“Grandma Shell” adored spending time with all 13 of her grandchildren. She would relax while they combed her hair and massaged her scalp. She was famous for spoiling them and letting them indulge in all of life’s sweetest candy treats. She would tell them stories of her childhood, and how she and her brother Russell would win every dance contest during her teenage years or as she phrased it “the good ol’ days.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Julia Grigsby; her father-in-law, Jesse Carter; her brother, Russell Grigsby; her nephew, Dan Grigsby Jr.; her grandson, Damien Hull Jr., and two brothers-in-law Mark Carter and Kelvin Carter.

Michelle leaves to mourn her husband, Steven L. Carter of Culpeper; four daughters, Dana Newman of Marshall, Janay Sloane of Charlottesville, Chasitie Veeney of Culpeper and Lyndsie Graham of Culpeper; three sons-in-law and one to be, Kevin Newman, Jerome Veeney, Dorienn Graham and Cornelius Powell; 13 grandchildren, Jaydin Stephan, Aveonna Sloane, Zyonna Minor, Alexia Newman, Nyonna Minor, Kevin Newman III, Zymere Minor, Aaliyah Newman, Xavier Veeney, Elijah Veeney, K’yra Veeney, Christian Graham and Egypt Graham; three siblings; Sylvia Grigsby, Dan Grigsby Sr. and Tracy West; her mother-in-law, Sarah Lee
Carter; a brother-in-law, Tracy Carter; a sister-in-law, Carol Carter; a sister-in-law to be, Monice Bowen; three nieces, Shemicka Grigsby, Jade Sloane and Chelsea Carter; five nephews, Leron Twyman, Russell Wiggins, Dillyn Stanley, Francis Chavis Jr. and Kyle Akers; aunts, uncles,
great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends, and her special friends, Margarett Craig, Debbie Moore, Joanne Gaines, Linda Cole, Patricia Foddrell, Stephanie Gosnell and family.

Her kind spirit and warm heart will forever be missed. Her memories will forever be carried in our hearts until we meet with her again one day in God’s Holy Kingdom.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. The service will follow. Interment will take place at Gordon-Beasley Memorial Gardens, 1165 Mud Road, Madison, Va.

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