Viola Shelton

Viola (Walker) Shelton, 75, daughter of Mabel (Collins) Walker and Rollie Walker, was born July 4, 1936, in Bucyrus, Mo. She passed away April 12, 2012, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Gregory Wade Shelton.

She is survived by her husband, Wade; three children, Dewayne and wife, Pennie, Brenda Lanning and husband, Todd, and Jimmy; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Greg Shelton and wife, Crystal; two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Emily; one sister, Bernice Skaggs; two brothers, Fred and wife, Linda, and Don; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viola grew up and lived in the Houston area most of her life. Following graduation from high school, she attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, where she obtained a Teacher’s Certificate.

On March 17, 1956, she married Wade Shelton and after living in Wichita, Kan., for a couple of years, moved back to Houston, where they established their lives and raised a family.

Viola spent one year teaching school and served as a substitute teacher another year before devoting herself full-time to being a wife and mother. Viola lost her oldest son, Greg, on Jan. 13, 1976. In 1977, she was employed by Walmart, where she initially worked as a cashier and then as a Customer Service Manager for 20 years before retiring.

Viola loved gardening, especially flower gardening in later years, bird watching, mushrooming, cooking for her family and collecting rocks at Norfork Lake (much to Wade’s dismay!). Another of her favorite hobbies was yard sales, both going to them and having them. And she loved bargain-shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops whenever she had the opportunity.

Viola was a loyal and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She often expressed her love in less conventional ways, but the wellbeing of her family was always of prime importance. While in the hospital, she specifically mentioned loving her grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. She spent her life taking care of her husband, raising her children and being there for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And she expected nothing in return.

Anyone who knew Viola would agree that she was one-of-a-kind, a unique and special person. Her opinions and feelings ran deep and she was honest to a fault. Whether you liked it or not, you always knew where you stood with her.

Viola was raised Pentecostal and her faith remained strong to the end. She believed that man was made in the image of God and that all human life was precious. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her but at least her suffering is over. She is at peace and has gone home to meet her Heavenly Father and be reunited with her son and other family and friends.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with David Jett and Clint Massey officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Shelton, Tony Shelton, Larry Walker, Scott Shelton, Mike Mullins and Rollie Skaggs. Honorary pallbearer was Rollie Don Walker. Burial was Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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