L’Berta Marie Shelton, 93, passed away November 29, 2019 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
L’Berta was born on July 30, 1926 to Roy Raymond and Ethel Beam Coats of Ray County, Missouri. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1945. In 1946 she was the first nurse’s aid at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. In 1949 she graduated from cosmetology school and held her license for more than fifty years. She also traveled as the director for Horner Talent Shows. In 1952 she married James Louis Shelton of Lawson, Missouri. They resided in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and had been together 46 years when Louis passed away September 1, 1998.
She was a past matron in the Order of the Eastern Star, charter member of the Excelsior Springs Genealogical Society, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and organizer of the Excelsior Springs Alzheimer’s Support Group, a long-time member of Lawson United Methodist Church, Lawson, Missouri, and more recently Southern Pines United Methodist Church in North Carolina.
She is survived by her daughter, Maria Shelton Rowe and husband, Douglas of Sanford, North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews who loved their “Aunt Bertie” dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Louis Shelton, and all seven of her siblings. She was buried next to her husband in the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. A private, family memorial service will be held at a future date.
The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to the staff of FirstHealth Hospice House of Moore County, North Carolina, for its superior care, Deb Torrence and the many family friends who have showered us with loving support.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Our Sincere Condolences
We loved Aunt L’Berta very much and will think of her fondly always. She was a dear, gentle soul.
Anne & Bill Lyon
Maria and Doug: Auntie Bertie was such an inspiration in my life. One of my top mentors, loved and respected her so very much💖she will be dearly missed by so many. May you find comfort in knowing that she is with her loved ones and with Jesus now.
Love, Rod and Sharon
Aunt Bertie will dearly missed! She was a wonderful testimony as a Chistian woman! Jim & I said, she is resting in Jesus arms! Our thoughts & prayers with you & Doug at this, also!
All our love, Linda & Jim Hogan
So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mrs. Shelton was such a sweet and kind lady. May God provide peace and comfort to all of you.
She and Lewis were great neighbors and friends through the years they lived across from me. My children all thought she was a grandmother to them. I know she is with her loved ones that have gone before and is waiting for those who will come later she will meet those with loving arms. Take care of each other Maria and Doug, thinking of you both.
So sorry to hear of her passing. We had so much fun together while we were neighbors. She will be missed by all who knew her.
L’Berta was a true friend. I appreciate the privilege of knowing her. Maria, some of her taped oral interviews of E. S. people have just been placed on the new large screen interactive television which recently purchased for the museum. Take care of each other. I have some great memories of you as a young girl.
I always enjoyed visiting with L’Berta. She had many wonderful family stories to tell. and shared much of our family history with me. She will be missed greatly! Much love to you all.
Judy Harness Knutter
Dearest Maria and Douglas,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your Mom.
She was always a favorite patient and we enjoyed her visits very much.
Her calm and gentle demeanor always left me with the satisfaction of knowing how much she appreciated the care she had received.
I will treasure her floral creations as I know how much she enjoyed making them.
She always spoke so highly of both you and Doug.
Mom will be missed.
I was so sorry to read about L’Berta’s death. I always enjoyed visiting with her. I remember one time she took Katrina and me to Hannibal in the station wagon. We picked up a desk from my great-aunt estate.
Barbara M Buehrer