Ada Lorene (Shelton) Scheets was born Dec. 4, 1919, at the family farm in the Hog Creek area south of Houston, Mo., to Charles Medford and Mamie Ollie (Gilmore) Shelton. She passed away at the home where she and Ted had lived since 1947, surrounded by her family on Jan. 17, 2012.
Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Charles Elvin Shelton, Silas Hilbert Shelton, George Carlton Shelton and James Gilmore Shelton; her sisters, Mary Mildred Richardson, Mille Ann Shelton, Bessie May Highsmith and twins Beulah Emmajean Shelton and Dorothy Imogene Shelton; their beloved son, Charles Michael (Mike) Scheets, who died in 1964; and a great-grandson, Brandon Tucker McNew.
She is survived by her husband of 67 1/2 years, W. T. (Ted) Scheets of their home in Houston, Mo.; daughter, Helen, and husband, Gene Branson, of St. James, Mo., daughter, Ila Jean, and husband ,Earl Farris, of Houston, Mo.; and son, Bruce, and wife, Andi Scheets, of Houston, Mo. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Eric Farris, Tim Branson, Tabbi McCallister, Jarid Scheets, Brant Farris, Deborah Kleinheider, Heather Chowning, Vanessa Farris, Ty Scheets, Tanner Scheets and Camryn Scheets; 19 great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicholas, Isabella and Dimitri Farris, Nick and Janissa Portincaso, Kaelan and Kaleigh Ireland, Riley, Katy, Hally and Charlie Jo Scheets, Logan and Morgan Farris, Madison Kleinheider, Tristan Leier, Karissa, Marcus and Alexis Driver; and one great-great granddaughter, Addison Portincaso. She is also survived by her sister, Norma Shelton Hunter of Houston, Mo., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Lorene attended Cleveland School, which was built on land donated by her grandparents, Silas and Rebecca Gilmore. During a revival at the Rocky Branch Church, she was baptized as a young teenager in Hog Creek. She graduated in 1940 from Houston High School and was then employed in the Texas County Health Department office.
Ted and Lorene were married on August 20, 1944, at the Houston Methodist Church. They owned W. T. Scheets Hardware and Implement and the John Deere agency in Houston for 38 years. As a result of their sales, Ted and Lorene enjoyed two special trips, to Sweden and Acapulco.
They were active members of the Houston Christian Church since 1953. Lorene was a founding member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, a Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible School teacher.
After their retirement in 1978, they spent 23 winters in Texas where they made new, lasting friendships, became active members of the church there, entertained family and friends from Missouri, traveled into Mexico and of course, fished.
In recent years, they became more involved in the Texas County Republican Party. Lorene especially enjoyed phoning members to remind them of the meetings and contributing her famous gooseberry cobblers for the dinners.
Lorene’s “love language” was spoiling her family with their favorite foods. She provided baskets of food for church functions and for friends in times of need. Ted and Lorene opened their home over the years to visiting evangelists and missionaries. When the children and grandchildren were young, they knew that Grandma would provide kool-aid, cookies, etc., for them and their friends.
She taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren so much. Rock skipping and crawdad catching . . . Impromptu picnic lunches by the creek . . Fishing (competitively!) in the local creeks, Arkansas lakes, and the Texas acequias (irrigation canals). . . Driving a hard bargain . . . And especially, showing love and devotion to God, marriage and family.
Although dainty in appearance, she was “one tough cookie.” Resilient and spunky, she was a survivor. So quiet and soft spoken, she was witty. Her family understood “the look.”
As health issues increased, she and Ted desired to remain together in their own home. Helen, Ila Jean, and Bruce acknowledge their father’s faithfulness to love and cherish her “in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” The Houston Christian Church provided spiritual support, meals, and weekly communion. Her new friends, the Hospice of Care staff, assisted Lorene and the family throughout the last month.
Lorene will be sadly missed by Ted, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, their Houston Christian Church family, other relatives, and friends. Her legacy of love and devotion will continue to bless and inspire all who knew her.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at First Christian Church. Don Odle gave the eulogy, Paul Hamm read the obituary and Randle Scheets gave the message. Pallbearers were Ty Scheets, Eric Farris, Tim Branson, Brant Farris, Jarid Scheets and Tanner Scheets. Honorary Pallbearers were Earl Farris and Gene Branson. Gary Fenton and Fred McKinney were the musicians. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO.
Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.