January 29, 2009
(4/10/1931 - 12/11/2001)
Helen Shelley, 73, of Holdenville, OK, former resident of Memphis, died in her home on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008.
Helen’s Memorial Service, officiated by Dr. Sally Cole, was held on Saturday, December 6th, at the Methodist Church in Calvin, Oklahoma. Family and friends listened to stories and boogie-woogie music - her favorite. The day was warm and the sun was shining during the celebration of her life.
Helen was born June 2, 1935 in Calvin, Oklahoma to John Sneed and Ruby Clemens.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education- English from NMSU, (Truman State University). Helen taught a few years in Memphis, MO, but the majority of her teaching career was in Kahoka, MO. She retired from Clark County High School in 1997.
In 2001, Helen returned to Oklahoma and became involved in many activities. She was a member of the Calvin Methodist Church and was responsible for its recognition and placement on the register of Oklahoma’s Historical Buildings. Helen also actively engaged in many clubs within the Holdenville community. She was a member of the Rose Garden Club, Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), Alpha Mother’s Club, The Red Hat Society, Ladies Domino Club, Investment Club, the Holdenville Art Association, The Historical Society, and board member of the Southeast Oklahoma Conservation Committee.
Helen leaves behind her three girls, of whom she was so proud - Maryanne Shelley of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Connie and her husband Ken Ferguson of Litchfield Park, Arizona, and Samantha Shelley of La Plata, Missouri; two grandchildren, Skyler Ferguson of Litchfield Park, Arizona and Erica (Ferguson) Gold and her husband, Kione Gold, of Buckeye, Arizona. Mya Gold, Helen’s great-grandchild, has given her many smiles and laughs these past several years. Also left to mourn Helen are her two sisters, Millie Melcher of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Nina Stewart of Allen, OK, a host of nephews and nieces, other relatives, thousands of former students, and a community of friends in Missouri and Oklahoma. She will be greatly missed.