Lorene “Lori” Nelson McMullin

May 5, 1939 - December 21, 2023
Lorene “Lori” Nelson McMullin

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Lorene Nelson McMullin, affectionately known as Lori, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2023, in Wilmington, NC. She was born on May 5, 1939, in Long Beach, CA. Lori lived a remarkable life filled with love, joy, and an unwavering spirit that touched the hearts of all who knew her.

Throughout her years, Lori found solace and happiness in the simple pleasures of life. Her passion for dancing was infectious, and she would often light up the dance floor with her contagious enthusiasm. It was through dance that she brought joy to those around her. Lori was also a devout Jehovah’s Witness for over 62 years and found peace in her faith.

Lori’s greatest joy in life came from her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even her great-great-granddaughter. They were the light of her life, and she cherished every moment spent with them. Her love and devotion to her family were unwavering, and she took great pride in being a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Preceding Lori in death were her beloved husband, Mervyn Leroy McMullin, her son, Merle McMullin, and daughter Kimberly Ann Evans. She was also preceded in death by her father, Melius B. Nelson, and her mother, Lula Mea Nelson (née Glasgo). Although they may no longer be here, their memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved them dearly.

Lori is survived by her loving daughters, Michele Mullins (Bill), Rhonda Pigford (Phillip), and Mistie McMullin. She also leaves behind a special grandson, Ryan Newman (Heather), who was more like her own son. Additionally, Lori is survived by her brothers, Bill Paxton of CA, Chuck Paxton of OR, Bonnie Fisher of Leland, NC, and Wanda Reed of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by a total of seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Lori’s kind and compassionate spirit will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her genuine love for life and her loved ones served as an inspiration to many. Although she may no longer be physically present, her memory will forever remain in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

As we celebrate Lori’s life and the impact she had on us all, let us remember the joy she brought and the love she shared. May her spirit continue to guide and inspire us as we navigate life’s journey.

A Memorial Service for Lori is planned for Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 11:00am. For those that are unable to attend in person, there is a Zoom set up for her services and can be accessed by using the phone number (690) 156-9219 and passcode 253462 through the Zoom app or website.

Please leave memories and condolences for Lori’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

Care entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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The funeral will take place on January 13, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (4806 Gordon Road Wilmington, NC 28411)

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  • January 09, 2024
    Rhonda Pigford posted an image:
    My BEAUTIFUL Mom
    My BEAUTIFUL Mom

  • December 26, 2023
    Rhonda Pigford says:
    Mom, I miss you. You were a remarkable Mom and taught us all great lessons, to get us through life. Thank You for that. Your sunshine will be missed by all. I Love You.

  • December 26, 2023
    Tonia says:
    My Dear Lori, I am going to miss you terribly. Mistie, Michelle, and Rhonda, I am sorry about your mom. She was a mother and friend to me I Love her so much. Please know that I would give anything to see her and laugh with her Tonia

  • December 24, 2023
    Ronnie Thompson says:
    She was an amazing woman. Kindess soul you would ever meet. Prayers to all the family as you try to move forward. RIP Lori, you will always have a special place in my heart.

  • December 24, 2023
    Martha Mintz says:
    To Lori's family I will always have very fond memories of the time I spent working with her at CVS. She was a pleasure to work with and she truly made my day each and every time we worked together. She had the ability to brighten up a dreadful work place. I will never forget her. May God heal your hearts during this difficult time.