A funeral Mass for longtime Greybull resident Mary Elizabeth Shelledy will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mary, 96, died Oct. 26 at Touchmark on South Hill in Spokane, Wash.
She was born July 19, 1918, in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of William Joseph and Nora Donovan Kennedy. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1940 with a degree in home economics education. She taught high school in Burlington, Iowa, for a year. She met Bill Shelledy in Iowa and the couple exchanged wedding vows in 1942.
After World War II, Mary and Bill lived in Aurora, Colo. They moved to Cody in 1951 and to Greybull in 1955 where Bill eventually went to work for Big Horn Federal Savings & Loan.
All five of their children graduated from Greybull High School.
Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, was active on the Greybull Library Board, in PEO, and the Greybull Beautification Project.
She enjoyed playing cards with friends, reading, traveling, gardening (especially her gladiolus), trains traveling through Greybull and the view of the Big Horn Mountains. Her primary joy, however, was her family: her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
Her parents, her husband Bill and five siblings preceded her in death.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Al and Eileen Hogan of Spokane, Dennis and Ann Eckerdt of Cody, Dale and Pat Lye of Brookfield, Wis.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Kathy Shelledy formerly of Worland and Rob and Terese Shelledy of Milwaukee, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Her ashes will be interred at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery alongside the graves of her husband Bill and one of their children who died at birth.
A luncheon for family and friends will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish church hall immediately following the burial.
Those wishing to do so can donate either to Sacred Heart Parish, Big Horn County Library Foundation, St. Stephen’s Mission Church or to the charity of your choice in Mary’s memory.