Doris Sheldon

Sheldon, Doris Basara
of Glendale, Arizona, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 5th at the age of 94. Born to George and Martha Basara on January 10, 1920, she grew up in Chicago, Illinois and spent many summers on the family dairy farm in Indiana. Doris married Reagan Sheldon November 13th, 1943 when he was a seminary student at Northern Baptist Seminary. They were married for 62 years before his passing in 2005. Doris attended Wheaton College while Reagan was in the service during WWII. She was the mother of five children and spent a busy life as full-time mother, pastor's wife, church secretary, pianist, organist, Sunday School teacher and all around organizer, all full time jobs on their own. She also worked as a school librarian. As a couple Doris and Reagan had an impact in churches in Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona again, California and back to Arizona. She will be greatly missed by her surviving 5 children, daughters Nancy Sheldon, Carol Sheldon, Joyce Yarber (husband Michael); sons David Sheldon (wife Audrey) and John Sheldon (wife Jeanie) as well as her 6 grandchildren Michelle, Francis, Chris Yarber, Joshua Sheldon, Tim Sheldon, Emily Sheldon and Beth Williams. Visitation will be from 5-8pm Friday, May 9, 2014 at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. Funeral service will be at 10am Saturday May 10, 2014 at Apollo Baptist Church, 11611 N. 51st Ave., Glendale. Interment will take place at Phoenix Memorial Park next to her beloved husband Reagan. Condolences may be offered at


Funeral Home

Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary
7924 North 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301
(623) 937-9297

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 9, 2014