Mary Nell was born in Panama City, Florida and graduated from Escambia High School, near Pensacola, in l963. She attended Aurora College, now Aurora University, where she completed a Bachelor of Elementary Education in 1967. Aurora is a significant city for Mary Nell for another very good reason, this is where she met her husband, Dave. Mary Nell and Dave have been happily married since August 12th, l967 and they attribute their many years of marriage to a shared faith and trust in God. Mary Nell and Dave are blessed with two sons, Blake, who was born in 1970, and Brett, who was born in l976.
Their family has increased over the years with the addition of a daughter-in-law, Shannon, and two precious grandchildren, McKenna and Beau. In 1980, Mary Nell and Dave relocated to Spring , Texas because of Dave's job as a Construction Superintendent. This relocation also brought them to a new-church-start in the Spring area, Cypress Trails UMC. As charter members, they have seen many changes in the area and in the church. Mary Nell and Dave are happy to still be actively involved and enjoying the excitement and growth happening at Cypress Trails UMC.