Judy A. Shelton, 78, of Arkansas City, passed away Sunday evening, March 15, 2020, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.
Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Miles Funeral Service.
A memorial has been established in Judy’s name for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born Dec. 1, 1941, in Winfield, Judy was the daughter of Paul Orville and Gladys Mae (McCord) Shephard. She was raised and educated in Winfield and attended Winfield High School. While in high school, Judy worked at A&W.
She married Earnie “Curtis” Shelton on July 18, 1964, at the Church of Christ in Winfield. The couple made their first home in Winfield, where Judy was a homemaker. They later moved to their home outside Arkansas City, and Judy worked at William Newton Hospital, Winfield Rest Haven and Winfield Senior Living.
She enjoyed watching movies, particularly John Wayne, and listening to music. She was a big Elvis and Cher fan. She also enjoyed game nights with family and friends, working crafts, and writing poetry. She was known as “Grandma Sparkles” by the grandchildren for her use of glitter in her craft projects.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents.
Her family includes her husband, Curtis Shelton, of Arkansas City; her children, Michelle Smith, of Winfield, Tanya Groom and husband, Ronald, of Winfield, Shawna Presson and husband, Bill, of Newkirk, Okla., Curtis Paul Shelton and wife, Jill, of Winfield, and Tina Lopez and husband, Randy, of Arkansas City; her cousins, Bill Shephard and wife, Evelyn, of Buffalo, Okla., Linda Herburger and husband, Kip, of Winfield, and Nancy McCoy and husband, Hal, of Andover; her grandchildren, Amanda Walker, Afton Smith, Cassandra Wilson, Dustin Groom, Chase Hoyt, Kaytlin Hoyt, Taylor Presson, McKenzie Presson, Jorden Shelton, Kayla Shelton, Jordan Elam, Gabriel Pitts, Colton Schalk, Haley Devore and Grady Jordan; and her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Alena, Mason, Dawson, Christian, Ayden, Kennedy, Abel, Amelia, Karma, Keyshawn, Kyra, Elijah, Aliviah, Colton, Kace, Sophie, Trygg, Oaklee, Everly, Kaydin, Kinley, Carsyn, Weston, Gunner, and one due in September.