Georgia Annabelle Shelton (88) of St. Elmo


Published on February 19 2013 12:33 pm

Georgia Annabelle Shelton, 88, of St. Elmo died at 11:25am Monday, February 18, 2013 at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 22 at 11am at C & A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo with burial in Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo.  Visitation will be from 5-8pm Thursday and after 10am Friday.

She was born August 15, 1924 at Altamont, the daughter of George Walter and Grace (Bailey) Dowds.  She married Everette Brown Shelton on April 17, 1946 and they lived on the family farm at St. Elmo. Annabelle was raised in Altamont and attended Salem Methodist Church, where she enjoyed playing the piano for church services.  Annabelle worked in St. Louis at Curtiss-Wright airplane factory during World War II. In the 40’s, she worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a crossing guard.  Annabelle worked as a homemaker doing gardening, canning, and caring for their home and children.  In her spare time, she enjoyed embroidery work.  She later worked at the Carriage Inn in Altamont until her retirement. Annabelle was a member of the Salem Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo.

She is survived by four children, Gene (wife Sharon) Shelton of St. Elmo, Rita (Husband Claude) Fisher of Velma, Oklahoma, Barbara (Husband Philip) Luze of Brookings, South Dakota, and Paul (Wife Barbara) Shelton of St. Elmo, 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, Sister Alice Durbin of Altamont and twin sister Avanelle Hooks Of Altamont.

She was preceded in death by her husband Everette, parents Grace and George Dowds and brothers Henry and Wayne Dowds.