Dorothy Pauline Shelton


Dorothy Pauline Shelton, 93, of Winfield, Kansas, formerly of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Sunday (November 20, 2011) at Winfield Rest Haven.

The daughter of Harlan Blaine and Fannie Pearl (Fugate) Scurlock, she was born November 5, 1918 in Lancaster, Missouri. On June 24, 1939 in Kirksville, Missouri, Pauline was united in marriage to Howard Paul “Jack” Shelton who preceded her in death on December 2, 1992.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary Michael Shelton; three brothers, Glenn Scurlock, Robert Scurlock and William Scurlock and one sister, Pansy Violet Wessel.

Pauline is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James (Marcia) King of Bettendorf, IA and Mrs. Steve (Roseann) Livingston of Arkansas City, KS; two grandsons, Andrew King and wife Kay of Davenport, IA and Thomas Livingston of Wichita, KS; one granddaughter, Mrs. Joshua (Steffanie) Fleig of Arkansas City, KS, as well as three great-grandchildren, Gannon King of Davenport, IA, and Nathan and Natalie Fleig both of Arkansas City, KS.

Pauline was a graduate from Kirksville High School with the Class of 1936 and attended Kirksville State Teachers College, now Truman State University. During her early work career, Pauline was a bookkeeper at Arnold Lumber Company and Production Credit, both in Kirksville. During her married life, she was the bookkeeper for W M Shelton & Sons Sheet Metal and Roofing, a family owned company. She had worked in the office of the Registrar at KCOM, later working in the office of the President.

During Pauline’s lifetime, she served the youth of Adair County through her church and her community. She was a member of First Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School and Bible School Teacher for many years. She was the Adair County Girl Scout Cookie Chairwoman in the 1960’s, and also was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Pauline was a member of the Adair County Extension Board through the University of Missouri, a charter member of the 29er’s Extension Club and was named the Outstanding Homemaker of the year in 1979. She served as the Adair County Extension Homemakers Association Council President for 1978-1979. Pauline was a craftswoman of Needlepoint depicting Osteopathy in Adair County, Missouri, which hangs in the capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was a Board Member of the American Field Service, and her family was a host family in 1966. She served on the Board of the YMCA and was instrumental in bringing the “Y” to Kirksville in the 1960’s. Although never a formal teacher, Pauline was responsible for teaching many of the young people of Adair County what it means to live a life of Character and Leadership. She served alongside her husband, Jack, in his capacity as Presiding Judge of Adair County.

After the death of the husband, Jack, she moved from Kirksville to Arkansas City, Kansas, to make her home with her daughter, Roseann and son-in-law, Steve, until two years ago when she became a resident of Winfield Rest Haven.

Public visitation is in progress and family will receive friends this evening, Tuesday (November 22, 2011) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday (November 23, 2011) at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with Pastor Charles Jackson officiating. Interment will follow the service at Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville.

Pallbearers will be James King, Steve Livingston, Andrew King, Thomas Livingston, Joshua Fleig and Gannon King.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Youth Fund of Kirksville, or to the Winfield Rest Haven Employee Fund of Winfield, Kansas. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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