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Donna Kay Shelton, 76, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 9:12 P.M. October 4, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born April 26, 1941 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Lester Earl and Laura Virgene (Richardson) Derry. She first married Arthur Duane Smith on September 2, 1960 and he preceded her in death on August 27, 1975. She later married Ray Shelton on January 18, 1985 in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Donna is survived by her husband, Ray Shelton of Mount Vernon, Illinois; son, Jeff Smith of Mount Vernon, Illinois; four stepchildren, Kyle Shelton of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Debbie Ilberry of Mount Vernon, Illinois, David Shelton of Belleville, Illinois, and Kim Irwin of Salem, Illinois; siblings, Ron Derry and wife Donna of Groves, Texas, Susan Summers and husband Brian of Benton, Illinois, Scott Derry of Mount Vernon, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Derry of Mount Vernon, Illinois and Lucille Nadolski of Ashley, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Tammy Clark and husband Kenneth of Monroe, Louisiana, Kathy Bolt of League City, Texas, Jennifer Haynes and husband Jube of Los Angeles, California, Brandon Derry and wife April of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Cady Girten and husband Trevor of Denver, Colorado; and several great nieces and great nephews.
Mrs. Shelton was preceded in death by her parents; first husband; brother, Bill Derry; and stepson, Bobby Shelton.
Donna worked as a teachers aide for Casey Middle School, was raised in Park Avenue Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, and was a member of Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. She was an avid Mount Vernon Rams fan, and influenced countless youth in her life, many of whom thought of her as a grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. that evening. Morning Visitation: 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Monday, October 9, 2017 at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Monday, October 9, 2017 at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Father John Iffert officiating. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Park Avenue Food Pantry or Donors Choice.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.
Published on October 5, 2017
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