June 2, 2005


Aldra Katherine Shultz, 88, of Memphis, MO, died May 24, 2005, at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

She was born on August 15, 1916, in Scotland County, MO, to Elmer Milton and Addie Agnes (Roberts) Wright. Her elementary and high school education was completed at Bible Grove, MO, where she also attended church.

She accepted Jesus as her Savior in her early teens and was steadfast in her faith all her life, transferring her church membership to the Memphis Christian Church after moving to Memphis. She was a resident of the assisted living Residential Terrace for the last eight years of her life and enjoyed her privacy and the activities that she participated in there.

She married Harry Shultz on May 17, 1941. They were the parents of four children: John and Janice Shultz and Cindy and Kathleen Cook.

Besides being a homemaker, Aldra taught school and served as a substitute teacher in the Bible Grove school district. She also worked at the Grim Smith Hospital in Kirksville, MO, for four years in the dietary department.

Aldra was a person with a pleasant personality. She was always ready to be of help to others before her health failed.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband on April 1, 1983; her two sisters, Lila Dennison and Zerita Meeks; and two brothers, Floyd Wright and Wayne Wright.

She is survived by her children, John Shultz and wife Rhonda of Ottumwa, IA, Janice and husband Phil Borron of Cottonwood, AZ, Cindy and husband Harold Bailey of Hannibal, MO, and Kathleen Cook of Fairfield, IA; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Opal Emel and husband Elton of Memphis, MO, and Muriel Blaine and husband Millard of Baring, MO; a brother, Andrew Wright of Baring, MO; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were held on May 30, 2005, in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis, MO, with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Reese Blaine, Mike Blaine, Myron Blaine, Ethan Wright, Danny Emel and Randy Emel served as pallbearers. Interment was in the Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent were to Mrs. Shultz’s family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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