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Mary Shelman

Mary Ruth Shelman, 77 of Oskaloosa, formally of Washington, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Mahaska Health Center in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Funeral Services have been set for 11:00 am Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington with Pastor Bob Wollenberg officiating. Burial will follow in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00PM Sunday at the Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in the name of Mary Ruth Shelman to Paw's and More or the Alzheimer's Association.

Mary was born July 11, 1938 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Earl Calvin and Naomia Ruth (Foster) Galloway. She was united in marriage to Gordon L. Shelman on April 1, 1956. They later divorced.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church. Mary was a homemaker and hostess at the Best Western in Fairfield. She enjoyed cats and all animals, dancing, especially line dancing and gardening.

Survivors include, children, Gordon E. Shelman of North Liberty, IA, Meleia Shelman and husband John Kanselaar of Oskaloosa, IA, Matthew Shelman and wife Brenda of Burlington, IA and Nick Shelman and wife Rhonda of Washington, Iowa; sister  Phyllis Morrison and husband Donald of Davenport, IA; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David and Bob and sister Helen Scott.

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Mary was a dear friend to so many. We worked together at the Best Western in Fairfield in the late 80's. Mary also started her own housekeeping business that kept her going at 100 mph. Always hard working and caring for everyone she dealt with. Mary radiated a tremendous amount of light and love always. We in Fairfield will miss her dearly.

Dennis Dowell Jun 27 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss! Thinking of you all during this difficult time!! Much love to you all!

Hillary Jun 27 2016 12:00 AM

Nick, Rhonda and family,So sorry for your loss . . . . moms are very special.Prayers and thoughts with you all. Treasure the memories and pictures thru the years . . . . they are most comforting. God has his arms wrapped around you all.ruth

ruth heck Jun 25 2016 12:00 AM