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Sheila A. Shoemaker

Melby Mortuary

Mankato, KS


Sheila A. Shoemaker was born July 25, 1943, at Wichita, Kansas, to George and Iva (Kindler) McCary, and died Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato, Kansas, after a battle with cancer, at the age of 70 years, 1 month and 2 days.

Sheila was educated in the Esbon School. She was married to Robert “Bob” Shoemaker on February 7, 1960, at the Mankato Christian Church. To this union three children were born – Cheri, Dennis, and Travis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, on March 6, 1996.

She met Matthew L. Pierce, and they became very close friends and companions. They enjoyed traveling together on motorcycle rides. Sheila enjoyed animals of all kinds and had a big heart when abandoned dogs or cats would arrive at her doorstep. She loved to dance, listen to country music, and Matt singing karaoke. Family and friends were very important to Sheila, as all you know, if you met Sheila, one time you would never forget her. Her kindness to strangers and friends was seen by everyone who knew her. She attended Traviss College Rodeo events, Cheris toy runs in Ulysses, and was making plans for the birth of her first great-grandchild, which will arrive into this world this December.

Sheila leaves to mourn her -
Loving companion: Matthew Pierce of the home
Daughter: Cheri and husband, Arlyn Hoppenstedt of Ulysses, Kansas
Two sons: Dennis and wife, Melinda Shoemaker of Baldwin City, Kansas
Travis and wife, Jackie Shoemaker of Overland Park, Kansas
Six grandchildren
Sister: Karen Young of Halstead, Kansas
Half-sisters: Judy and husband, Bud Studdard of Jewell, Kansas
Barbie and husband, Eric Martin of Farmersville, Texas
Half-brother: Eldon “Butch” and wife, Monica Buster of Deshler, Nebraska
Step-father: Eldon Dean Buster of Mankato, Kansas
Host of other relatives and friends

A celebration of life service for Sheila A. Shoemaker was held, Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 2:00 pm at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato, Kansas, with Pastor Dennis Beckmann.

Visitation was Friday, August 30, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Mortuary.

The family suggests memorials to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital or American Cancer Society in care of the Melby Mortuary, P O Box 384, Mankato, Kansas 66956.

Online condolences can be left at www.melbymortuary.com.

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