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Emily Anne Croom was born in Houston, Texas on October 1, 1943, the child of Pitser Blalock Croom and Fletcher Metcalfe Croom. Emily entered into eternal rest at 5:20 a.m. January 21, 2018 in Bellaire, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her only sibling, Judith Croom King. Emily is survived by her husband Robert Turner Shelby, a nephew Thomas Blalock King, a niece Sara Elizabeth Musser, a stepson Robert Anthony Shelby, three grand nieces and a grand nephew, numerous cousins and the many friends that loved her.

Emily attended West University Elementary, Pershing Junior High and graduated with honors from Bellaire High School. Girl Scouts Camp in the Big Bend area was her summer activity for several years. Texas Tech was her choice of University where she was in Alpha Phi and was taped-out for Mortar Board. After graduating with a major in History she spent a year in Italy. Returning to Houston she earned a Masters Degree from the University of Houston and began teaching in Houston public schools.

Emily loved music and earned a BA in music at the University of Houston. Also she directed children's choirs, notably at Memorial Methodist Church where she was a member and finding time to play hand bells and give private lessons.

Emily's interest in family history led her to write her first genealogy book, Un-Puzzling Your Past and its popularity brought forth 4 more books on the subject by her and many engagements where she was a popular speaker. Emily and her husband designed and built a home in Bellaire where she lived almost 20 years until she became ill.

Emily's ashes will be interned at a private ceremony at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to any animal shelter of your choice, especially one for Emily's beloved cats.