Carolyn Shellenberger

Carolyn L. Shellenberger, 79, of Wetmore, Colo., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Colorado Springs. Carolyn taught first grade for 30 years at Washington Elementary School in Canon City, where she built positive and enduring relationships with many of the faculty, staff and students. Carolyn also was an accomplished soloist and enjoyed singing in the Pueblo Symphony Chorale. She was a longtime member of the Canon City United Methodist Church, where she participated in the chancel choir, the handbell choir, the worship committee and served as lay delegate to annual conference. Carolyn's love for the Lord was evident in her joyful service to Him and others. She was known for her enduring faith, her love of music and her life of service and hospitality. Carolyn was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo., to J. Glenn and Ethel Lee (Pezoldt) Bell. She spent her youth in and around Rye, Colo., where her parents were school teachers. Carolyn developed a love of the mountains and small towns which ultimately drew her to Wetmore for retirement. She enjoyed a view of Pikes Peak and the presence of a host of wild animals and birds. Carolyn was very involved in the local community as a neighbor, a supporter of the Wetmore Community Church, a member of the homemakers guild and a coordinator and volunteer at the Wetmore Community Library. She was instrumental in building the library's capacity and funding. Community members and county officials publicly recognized her dedication by naming the library's non-fiction wing in her honor. Survivors include two children, Becky (Bob) Tillman of Colorado Springs and Sam Shellenberger (Laurie) of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren, Graham, Elise and Glenn Shellenberger; Rachel (Javier Aguirre), Raleigh, Risa, Reade and Regan (Lindsay) Tillman; and one great- grandchild, Evelyn Ann. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Canon City United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wetmore Public Library, 95 County Road 393, Wetmore, CO 81253 or The Pueblo Choral Society, P.O. Box 3780, Pueblo, CO 81005.

Published in The Canon City Daily Record from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, 2013