NaDeane Shelton Stark
NaDeane Shelton Stark
  • October 31, 1929 - October 17, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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NaDeane Shelton Stark passed peacefully October 17th, just a few days shy of 88 years old, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born to Dr. Kenneth B. and Cleopha Shelton in Jasper, Indiana and grew up in Connersville, Indiana, though Plano has been her home for the past four decades. Some of her fondest childhood memories were of visiting her Grandmother Giesler's farm in Indiana where she learned to enjoy the warmth of a family kitchen, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and preparing home-made dishes with her Grandmother's recipes. Her friends all knew she liked roosters, but probably didn't realize they brought back cherished memories of her Grandmother's farm.

She was married to John T. Stark Sr. ("Jack") from 1951 until his death in 2011 and together they raised a close-knit family of 8 children - two daughters and six sons. As an executive with Mobil Oil, her husband was transferred several times during his career and so the family resided in several cities and states over the years, including Indianapolis, IN; Wausau and Milwaukee, WI; Duluth, MN; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Vienna, VA; and Philadelphia, PA. When they first landed in Dallas, which NaDeane loved, since she was not fond of cold weather, she was pleasantly surprised and happy to find that in Texas, it can rain and still be warm outside! After Jack's retirement from Mobil, they returned to the warmth of Texas to be close to their children.

She lovingly encouraged her eight children to follow their dreams but was simultaneously steadfast in teaching them the values of honesty, integrity, commitment and loyalty. Her great legacy is the bond of love all her children share, the appreciation they have for one another, and their desire to spend time together as often as possible. They are all close friends.

She was notably cheerful throughout her life, and her big blue eyes and smiling face brought joy to those around her. She was strong, determined, energetic and caring, finding success in two widely different career paths. She graduated from the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Indianapolis in 1950, and eventually worked as a nurse supervisor at the Neuro ICU of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in its early years, then as a nursing supervisor in the early years of Medical City Dallas. She changed career paths in the late 70's to residential real estate, touching many families in the north Dallas, Plano and Frisco areas.

She loved playing bridge with her friends and neighbors. She was a sun-worshipper, eschewed all warnings about sunscreen, and worked each year on a deep bronze tan. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She was a generous person, always available to lend a helping hand to family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

NaDeane was predeceased by her husband John T. Stark Sr., her son John T. Stark Jr.; her sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Donald Johnson; and her grandson Cooper Shepard. She is survived by 7 children and their families: Cynthia Stark Sherry MD and A. Dean Sherry PhD, and their daughter Sarah Stark Sherry and Chris Johnson of Plano; Jeff and Loretta Stark of Plano and their children Emily and Seth Bamesburger of Austin, Matt and Rikki Stark of Dallas, Maggie Stark RN of Dallas, and Anna Stark; Peter C. Stark PhD. and Monica Stark of Los Alamos NM; Paul and Jan Stark of Lucas TX and their children Andy and Rachel Stark of Atlanta, Mark and Morgan Self of San Antonio, Jeff Stark of Corvallis OR, John and Hannah Self of Bastrop TX, and Steven Stark of Dallas; Patty and Bret Shepard of Centreville VA and their children Christina Shepard RN, Charlie, Catherine, Chace, and Caroline Shepard; Danny and Cindy Stark of Plano and their children Jack, Madison, and Mackenzie and Daniel Woods; and Scott Stark of Dallas. She leaves behind 4 great-grandchildren: Jack and Tess Bamesburger, Nolan Self, and Sam Stark. She is also survived by her brother Kenneth B. Shelton ("Budd") and his wife Louise of Lake Geneva, WI; and granddaughter Leiya and John Cassidy and great-granddaughters Taylor and Olivia of Knoxville, TN.

NaDeane was a member of Sunrise Senior Center of Plano for her last 3 years. A special note of appreciation is extended to her family of Sunrise friends and caregivers who were so warm, loving, and caring during her residence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 5100 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093. Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, Dallas, has been entrusted with the arrangements. To view the full obituary or sign the online guestbook, please visit