SHELLEY, WILBURN LEE - Texas County, Missouri | WILBURN LEE SHELLEY - Missouri Gravestone Photos

Wilburn Lee SHELLEY

Cabool Cemetery
Texas County,
Missouri

Wilburn
Nov 7, 1929
Dec 16, 2017

Mary
Jul 16, 1928
Jul 22, 2015

Mary Louise (Smith) Shelley was born on July 16, 1928 in Ada, KS to the late Frederick and Anna (Jaske) Smith. She departed this earthly life on July 22, 2015 in West Plains, MO at the age of 87 years, following a lengthy illness.
At a young age, Mary and her family moved from Kansas and settled in Cabool, MO. She attended and graduated from the Cabool School District. She soon met the love of her life, Wilburn Lee Shelley and they were married on October 25, 1949. They were blessed with 65 wonderful years together and their love for each other was unconditional. To this union 7 children were born, David, Larry, Connie, Linda, Rita, Kathy and Debbie.
Mary was a longtime member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cabool. She had the voice of an angel and would always uplift her voice to the Lord.
Mary worked various jobs throughout the area including the Lee Company in Houston, Todd’s Motel in Cabool and even operating a small café on Main Street. Her greatest love was her grandchildren and she would always have their favorite pie, cake, and other loved dessert they requested when they came to visit.
Mary also had a passion for reading, sewing and quilting, but due to failing eyesight these were soon put aside. She never let the loss of eyesight diminish her love for life, she was a FIGHTER!!
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Anna; brothers, Raymond, Leonard, Ernest, Lloyd, Francis and Bob; sisters, Mildred, Agnes, Avis and Christina and three children, David, Larry and Connie. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lee of Cabool, MO; daughters, Linda and husband, Kenneth Baker of Huggins, MO, Rita and husband, Paul Preece of Cabool, MO, Kathy and husband, Bud Manning of Mtn. Grove, MO and Debbie and husband, Gary Schiewetz of Mtn. Home, AR; two special daughters-in-law, Beverly Shelley of Cabool, MO and Sherry Shelley of Pittsburgh, KS; grandchildren, Wayne (Mandy) Shelley, Chris (Tara) Emery, Jeremy (Crystal) Emery, Jason (Brandy) Emery all of Mtn. Grove, MO, Paul (Sara) Shelley of Springfield, Mike (Rhonda) Shelley of Crane, MO, Tyson (Dawnelle) Shelley and Russell Shelley of Pittsburgh, KS, Jaron (Sarah) Shelley of Mtn. Home,, AR, Shelley (Kirby) Kelly of Manes, MO, Kristina Baker of Huggins, MO, Brian Preece of Cabool, MO and Junior and Angela Morgan; 36 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends who will miss her dearly. [egcfuneralhome.com]

Wilburn Lee Shelley, 88 of Cabool, MO departed this life on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Kabul Nursing Home after a short illness. He was surrounded by family as he took his last breath and went to his heavenly home. Lee was born on November 7, 1929 at Bendavis, MO, one of 16 children of Walter and Alma (Curtner) Shelley.
Lee grew up in the Bendavis and Fowler communities; he attended the Murr Church and attended a one room school house up to the third grade before he went to work to help feed the family. Le was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary Smith on October 25, 1949 and to this union seven children were born. They enjoyed 67 years of a wonderful and loving marriage.
Lee was also known as “Fuzzy” and his CB handle was Copenhagen; he was an over the road truck driver most of his life, logging several million miles. He was a very loving father and grandfather. He loved telling stories and there are a lot of stories his grandkids can tell about him. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his eyes would light up when his grandchildren would come to visit. He was a long time member of St. Michael’s Church in Cabool, MO.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary; two sons, David and Larry Shelley; one daughter, Connie Young and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by four daughters, Linda Baker and husband, Kenny of Huggins, MO, Rita Preece and husband, Paul of Cabool, MO, Kathy Manning and husband, Bud of Mtn. Grove, MO and Debbie Schiewetz and husband, Gary of Mtn. Home, AR; two daughters-in-law, Beverly Shelley of Cabool, MO and Sherri Shelley of Pittsburg, KS; a brother, Dennis Shelley of Cabool, MO; five sisters, Billie Miller of Roby, MO, Patsy Martin and husband, Bo of Aurora, MO, Mickey Chronister of Cabool, MO, Barbara Huffman of Texas and Lorene Crewse of Graff, MO; 12 grandchildren, Paul Shelley and Sara of Springfield, MO, Tyson Shelley and Dawnelle of Pittsburg, KS, Russell Shelley of Pittsburg, KS, Wayne Shelley and Mandy of Mtn. Grove, MO, Michael Shelley and Rhonda of Fair Grove, MO, Kristina Baker of Huggins, MO, Shelley Kelly and Kirby of Maness, MO, Brian Preece and Lisa of Ava, MO, Chris Emery and Tara of Mtn. Grove, MO, Jeremy Emery and Crystal of Mtn. Grove, MO, Jason Emery and Brandi of Mtn. Grove, MO and J.T. Shelley and Sarah of Mtn. Home, AR; 30 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lee never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. [egcfuneralhome.com]

Contributed on 8/15/19 by mjrwag
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Submitted: 8/15/19 • Approved: 8/15/19 • Last Updated: 8/18/19 • R821067-G775377-S3

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