Nannie Fae Shelton
Nannie Fae Shelton
  • January 21, 1918 - September 12, 2017
  • Norfork, Arkansas

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Nannie Fae Shelton died peacefully at the Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas on September 12, 2017, at the age of 99 years and 8 months.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 16 at the Willowhole Chapel Cemetery in North Zulch. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the chapel.

She faced cancer as she did every battle of her life with a deep and abiding faith in her Lord and Savior. A favorite comment heard during this period - "I have been healthy all my life and I don't know how to do sick!" She was always the caregiver, not one who needed to be taken care of.

Nannie Fae is preceded in death by her husband E.W. Shelton, her parents, Henry and Beffal Taylor, her brother Tolbert Taylor and sister, Cleo Adams and her step-children, Ray Shelton, Sherrill Shelton, and Norma Stewart.

Nannie Fae was born on January 21, 1918 in Iola, Texas to Henry and Beffal Taylor. Her birth took place during an unprecedented snow storm for the state of Texas - but for those who know Nannie Fae - her strength, courage and sense of adventure - this type of welcome into her world would be expected.
She graduated from Iola High School in 1936. With the death of her beloved daddy in 1937 and her sense of responsibility to her mother and younger sister, Cleo, her deep desire to become a nurse was impacted and put on hold. Always the caretaker, Nannie Fae moved to Houston in 1938 to work and provide support to her family. She became a nanny and worked in this capacity for several years.

In support of World War II, Nannie Fae worked four years at the Ellington Field Army Air Forces Training Command and staying until the war ended. The years she worked at Ellington Field were very rewarding and fulfilling. It was during this period that she was introduced to the man who would become the love of her life - E.W. Shelton. They were married (September 15, 1945) after the war. Unable to bear children she embraced Shelton's three children, Ray, Sherrill, and Norma, as her own. She welcomed the grandchildren and loved to tell stories about these babies that were precious to her and "Shelton".

She had an enduring love for her siblings, Tolbert and Cleo, and their children. Cleo's children have wonderful memories of visiting Houston and Galveston with her and "uncle" and the annual birthday card with Juicy Fruit gum and a dollar bill.

Nannie Fae would later be employed by the Texas Schools System, working in an elementary school cafeteria. She had wonderful stories of the children she served during this time. She and Shelton moved to Clifton, Texas for the retirement years. Facing his death in 1986 was one of her most difficult challenges, but she did this with her usual strength and courage and her confidence in her Lord and Savior. She traveled extensively during the next few years - and her more than 15 scrapbooks were testimonies to the enjoyment of this period.

A woman known for her strength, love, and caring for others, Nannie Fae loved her God, her family, Texas, and peanut M&Ms (in that order!). A lifelong Baptist, a favorite time of day was sitting down with her morning coffee and devotions. To say she will be missed is an understatement - the world will be different with her gone.