Nell Lee LaBarge

March 22, 2024

CHARLOTTE – Nell Lee LaBarge, 67, passed away Friday, March 22, 2024.

Nell was born July 13, 1956, in Charlotte, NC, a daughter of the late Bill and Nancy Jane Lee.  She attended Vardell Hall Prep School and graduated from Glade Valley Prep.  Nell continued her education at The Culinary Institute of America, where she would meet her future husband, Jeff LaBarge. Shortly after their graduation, the pair married and remained together until Jeff’s passing in February of 2023.  

Nell is survived by her brother, Bill Lee and his wife Susan, her sister, Ansley Mays and her husband Walt, her brother-in-law, Jay LaBarge and his wife, Sandy, her sister-in-law, Cherie Bourque and her husband, Yvan, as well as her nieces and nephews; Brandon Lance, Maggie Leitch, Kara LaBarge, Ashley Lemoine, Christopher Bourque and Ivan Bourque. She is also survived by her best friend Pam Ward, who is considered family by all.

Services for Nell will be private.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at


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  • Ann K Shaw

    So very sad to hear of Nell's passing. I have a lot of good memories of her while we were at Vardell Hall. I will be praying for you and your family during this moment of sorrow. God bless


    I’m saddened by the news of Nell’s passing, and extend my prayers for grace, comfort and clarity of heart to her entire family. Peace be with all.

  • Peggy Ansley Kirbo

    I am so very sorry to see this today !! As cousins we have been in touch only a little the through the years but not often enough. My last visit was in June 2022 with both she and Jeff. Oh my!! Both gone now. I send my love to each of you who knew her well and loved her happy joy. RIP Nell and Jeff

  • Pam Smith

    Dearest Ansley, we just got word of the passing of your dear sister. Words cannot convey how sorry we are for your loss. Sending love and prayers from all your Cotswold Friends.
    ❤️ Pam

  • Clark Blanton

    Dear Ansley, Walt, Bill, Susan and families - sending my condolences from NY. I first met Nell in the early 1980’s when she and Jeff were at Cunlinary Institute and I was teaching in the area. Of course, I had known Jeff since elementary school and I knew right away that Nell was a perfect mate for him. We loved her right away and always enjoyed our visits to NC and their hospitality. When Jeff died, I wrote a song for him and sent it to her. I have included a link here and I hope it brings you comfort. Now when I perform it, I will be thinking of both of them together again.
    Clark Blanton

  • Renee Capone

    I’m so sorry Mr.Walt and Mrs Ansley, and Brandan

  • Chris Bourque

    We all love you Aunt Nell, had so many memories with you and Uncle Jeff from Tupper Lake, to Adams, to Charlotte to Delray Beach. We are definitely gonna miss you so very much. I’m gonna miss the Duke UNC debates we would always have by the way Go Tarheels! I love you Aunt Nell and I know you are reunited with Uncle Jeff walking hand and hand down heavens beaches right now. Just know we love you and will miss you each and every day. Until we meet again I will continue to look up and see that smile of yours looking down over us all. I love you Aunt Nell!

  • Skip Pinkerton

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all!