Marion Crissman Shields, 95, died Monday, December 28, at Quail Haven Village.

Known to friends and family as Criss, she was born in Mount Airy on November 11, 1925, to the late James Gilbert and Opal Marion Crissman. She came to Aberdeen as a newlywed in 1948 and was happily married for 64 years to Charles Shields, who passed away in 2012.

As a child, she moved to Lee County with her family and attended Greenwood Schools in Lemon Springs.  After graduating from high school, Criss trained as a Cadet nurse at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. The war ended before she was called to duty, and she came to Moore County and began her career as an RN at Moore Memorial Hospital in Pinehurst. She worked there, mainly in pediatrics, for over twenty years. After that, she worked with her husband in the office of Shields Esso/Exxon Servicenter.

Criss was an active member of Page Memorial United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. She enjoyed involvement in her circle, helping with the soup kitchen, working as church historian, and many other church activities. She was also a long-time member of the Cardinal Book Club and the Aberdeen Home and Garden Club.

Criss is survived by son Chuck Shields (Kathy) of Asheboro; daughter Melinda Parker (Bill) of Southern Pines; grandsons Adam Shields (Meredith) of Sophia and Eric Shields (Teresa) of Mooresville; granddaughters Paige Siwy (Nick) of Wake Forest and Brooke Liebl (Kyle) of Hilliard, Ohio; and nine great-grandchildren, ages two to eight: Parker, Oliver, Lucas, and Hannah Siwy; Grayson and Jace Shields; Calvin and Cameron Liebl; and Elizabeth Shields. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce McInnis of Aberdeen.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles, and a grandson, Will Parker.

Criss will be laid to rest with her husband at Bethesda Cemetery in a private service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Page Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 695, Aberdeen, NC 28315 or First Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC  28374.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Shields was a precious lady. Always enjoyed talking to her. Prayers for the family.

  2. Such a sweet lady. We were blessed by her presence in church. She was definitely a servant of God. She and Charles will be missed, but their reunion is Heaven is surely the greater.

  3. Chuck and Melinda,
    Your Mom was a very special lady. Always kind and gracious. I spent so much time at your house growing up, I feel she was like a second Mom. She was very wise and not easily fooled with some of our shenanigans. I have so many memories, I couldn’t begin to mention them all. You know how much I loved her and I always will. Your family’s will be in my prayers. Love ya’ll.

  4. Dear family, I’m so sorry to hear of Criss’ passing. She was such a sweet lady, and she and Charles shared a great love. I saw Criss and Joyce last February, and they were as pretty and sweet as ever. My dad (Glenn Crissman) was their uncle, but they were so close in age that they could have been siblings. I hope it brings you peace knowing that she is with our Lord and that she has been reunited with Charles.
    Love, Janice

  5. We’re new to Page in 2010 and sat behind Chriss and Charles. They were good people and we enjoyed getting to know them. We’re sorry for your loss. Their reunion in heaven must be glorious.

  6. Chuck I’m sorry for your loss. I never met your mother but it looks like she had a long full life. If I can do anything for you just let us know.


  7. Robbie and I send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. I don’t have any specific memories of her, but the remarkable children and grandchildren with whom I do share the fondest of memories are a truly fitting tribute to your mother. We shall keep you in our prayers. -Robbie and Rod Harter

  8. Chuck and Melinda, your Mom was always so nice and kind to all us other kids. I’m so sorry for your loss, but she is rejoicing in her reunion with Charles. She had a long life and got to see so many grandkids and great grandkids. That was such a blessing to all.

  9. Dean and I were sadden to learn of Ms Shields passing, we have been out of state for a month. She was always so pleasant and loving. Praying for comfort for the family

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