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Doris J. Shelts

June 21, 1930 ~ March 5, 2020 (age 89)


Doris J. Shelts, 89, of Mt. Sterling passed away at 7:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the St. Vincent’s Home in Quincy.

She was born on June 21, 1930, in Ripley, Illinois, the daughter of Homer A. and Lorene (Ashbaker) Bedenbender.  She married Gene Shelts on March 17, 1964, at the Vermont Street Methodist Church in Quincy.  He preceded her in death on December 22, 1967.

Doris attended the Lynn School in Woodstock Township, Schuyler County, and was a graduate of Rushville High School.  She was very proud of the fact that she earned only one B in all 4 years.  She then attended Quincy Beauty School graduating in 1949.  She first worked as a hairdresser with Ruth Thompson in Rushville and from 1970 to 1995, she owned the Sportsman’s Club in Mt. Sterling.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling.  For many years, she sewed everyday with Donna Reische and Marjorie Butler.  The three of them made quilts to be given away at benefits and for Brown County Against Cancer.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law Brenda Shelts, two grandchildren Jennifer Deanne Briney and husband Melvin of Astoria and Jeff Shelts and wife Jennifer of Camden, five great grandchildren Alex David Briney, Abbie Jene Heitz and husband Michael, Emily June Briney, Collin Eugene Shelts and Justin Floyd Shelts and several cousins.  She was preceded in death by her son Larry Shelts and longtime companion Wayne Yockey.

Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Interment will follow in the Brooklyn Cemetery at Brooklyn.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling or Brown County Against Cancer. 

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March 8, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Wood Funeral Home
900 West Wilson
Rushville, Illinois 62681

Funeral Service
March 9, 2020

10:00 AM
Wood Funeral Home
900 West Wilson
Rushville, Illinois 62681


First Baptist Church
140 East Main Street, Mt. Sterling IL 62353
Tel: 1-217-773-3562

Brown County Against Cancer

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