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Shellye Sue Bolton
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 3, 1958
  • Place of birth:
    Queens, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 13, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
She lived and laughed and loved and left... And the world will never be the same.

This page is dedicated to our loving mother, fabulous grandmother, devoted wife, and loyal friend. Our beautiful, vibrant, and character filled Shellye left us on January 13th, 2017.

For those of you that have lost count, on December 27, 2016 we just
completed our ninth year of this improbable odyssey. She was one of, if not
the longest living ALS patient that Barrow Neurological Institute had and that is attributable to her indomitable spirit and will to stay with her family. We have been through many ups and downs, emotionally and physically over the last nine years. This family has stayed together and fought the good fight every day, to make sure our Shellye was with us as long as possible. But it would not have been the ride that it was, without the support of wonderful, concerned and supportive friends like you all.

For those of you that helped Shellye up and down the bleachers at Alex's
football games; for those of you "Meal Mom's" that helped Alex/and family
get through football seasons, one after another; for those of you who never
stopped coming by and bringing flowers, gifts and reminders that Shellye
had not been forgotten and so many more wonderful and selfless acts that
were done by our wonderful friends and caregivers.  

There is so much more to say, and so many people to thank, so please know that we thank all of you on behalf of Shellye and our family. You have helped us weather this storm, fight the good fight and hold our chins up as high, day after day, during these incredible ups and downs. Our fight is over now and for that we are happy for her and very sad at the same time. In order to celebrate her life, we ask you share your memories, stories, and photos of Shellye here on this page.

We will be having a celebration of her extraordinary life on January 28th, 2017 at 2PM at Living Streams Church (7000 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020). 

Many of you have asked how you can contribute... Shellye loved and cherish numerous causes, especially the protection of animals and the betterment of women. We encourage you, in lieu of flowers, to place a donation in her name to any of the charities listed below. Thank you all again.

Love,

Shay, Alex, Pete, and Jane.

http://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give

https://www.freshstartwomen.org/donate

https://www.supportbarrow.org/ALSCenter

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Charlie venners on 1st February 2017

"Pete and all of the Bolton family.  They're really aren't words that I can express that can do any real justice, other than to say that we're very sorry for your loss, that we're thinking about you, and are hoping for the best for everyone.  Shellye really was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be very dearly missed.

Cubby and Karen and family"

This tribute was added by J Vaughn on 30th January 2017

"To The Bolton Family:

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved
Shellye. she is just absolutely gorgeous and she was so fortunate to have such a wonderful "village" in her corner. as the mother of someone suffering from brain cancer, I know the long road you have been on with your Shellye. Death is such a crushing blow, an enemy really, that stalks and deserves destruction. (1 Cor. 15:26) God's own word the Bible hold out the wonderful promise of the resurrection. Jehovah God through his son Christ Jesus will undue all of the pains the mankind and the earth have endured. Jesus fed the hungry,healed the sick,performed resurrections and many other signs to show on a small scale what he would accomplish under God's Kingdom. There will be a resurrection. (John 5:28, 29) In the meantime may your hearts be comforted in time. For more wonderful information on the grand resurrection hope, please visit JW.ORG. Again, sincere condolences."

This tribute was added by Susan Nelson on 28th January 2017

"Shellye,
you know I wasn't there in person today ,but I was with you family in spirit. Jodine told me it was a full house, and I smiled to know you were smiling too at all the people who love you. She said Pete, Shay , ALex and Jane did you proud that it was absolutely beautiful.. But you already know that. May your memory be eternal."

This tribute was added by Jean Leiphart on 28th January 2017

"Shellye, Brian and I felt your spirit today during your service. I was honored to spend time with you in the football and baseball bleachers, in your Salon, and in your home when you hosted countless post-season celebrations. Your generous, infectious, warm, loving spirit will stay with me forever and will continue to live through your family. Blessings and Peace, Jean"

This tribute was added by Camille Rankin on 28th January 2017

"My dearest Shellye,

I have been thinking of what to write for the past week now.  It still hasn't fully sunk in that you are no longer with us all.  I have so many memories that have come flooding in......

When I first met you 13 years ago it was at your salon.  I brought Culley in for a haircut, as you were the only one he would allow to do it.  I tried to explain to you how Jane wanted it done.  You quickly looked at me and said "trust me, I know exactly what she wants."  You started to share stories of how you and Jane met, the nail tech days, and told me  once when there was an issue with someone that wasn't doing right by Jane, you said "you can talk to her or you can deal with me, and I'll tell you right now I'm not the nice one."  I laughed at your candor and your no bullshit attitude.  You told me of how you introduced Jane to Big Culley and shared the stories of when he owned a boat.  I left that day feeling as if I had made a friend, as it turned out I had :)

As the years unfolded I was able to enjoy your company when you visited Jane and at your lovely home.  I enjoyed annual trick or treating as I walked the neighborhood with Culley and shared Rumi's first Halloween when she was 10 months old.  I would indulge the libations with Pete by the fire and watch as he lowered the giant tarantula to scare the kids. I remember Culley being obsessed with your computer and as he would entertain himself, we would visit and watch your ferrets run around.  I remember Elmo, the trampoline, the irrigation, watering your patio plants....all in flashes.  

One of my favorite memories is when I shared with you that I allowed Candice to use my insurance card.  She had a breast surgery under my name and I was terrified it would show up as pre-existing condition and working for Jane, it would hike up her rates.  You assured me it would be fine and urged me to come clean.  So, as I sat down with tears in my eyes and a nervousness throughout my body I told Jane. You said "SHIT!! I didn't know that's what you meant!!! That's BAD".

Throughout your journey I remember every step as the disease dug deeper.  I remember trying to help you float and I turned away for a split second.  When I looked back your face had fallen into the water slightly.  I was only a foot away and quickly got you back in place, as you LAUGHED hysterically and began snorting.  We both started laughing so hard we peed the pool.  We just sat there in our little pools of urine laughing....needless to say you never asked me to float with you again!

Your resilience to fight this journey has been inspirational to so many.  You were willing to try anything from eating all of your food in clay pots, to covering yourself in sacred dirt.  I remember you and Jane taking a shovel to Sedona to gather some sacred soil.  You both came in telling me stories and were laughing so hard!  From Mexico and beyond you took advantage and were open to any and all treatment options to help you battle this disease.  I always admired you and always loved you.  Your family became an extension of my own even though our time throughout the years became less and less.  I can tell you now that on occasion I may or may not have purchased alcohol for Shay (it was only once...purple passion I think?).  We would always joke about Shay's attraction for me (in jest) and you would laugh when I would give her a hard time.  I taught Culley to say "Shay is a drunk".  One afternoon when we were gathering for an event he said it aloud and you about fell out of your chair....another proud moment for me!  

Most of all, I remember being surrounded by people who loved you.  I watched Alex grow up and move out, go to college, and become a father!  I was happy to see his snake leave the house that 's for sure!  I remember how easy it was to talk to Pete and how I was consistently amazed by his muscle mass.  You were such a beautiful couple and two of my favorite people.

Working at Jane's I would always be reminded daily of how special your friendship was.  She had pictures scattered through the house that brought a sense of comfort to all of us.

So my friend, sleep with the angels.  If you see my Pop introduce yourself.....he would get a real kick out of you.  Continue to shine your light from above and know you will never be forgotten.

I love you"

This tribute was added by Camille Rankin on 28th January 2017

"My dearest Shellye,

I have been thinking of what to write for the past week now.  It still hasn't fully sunk in that you are no longer with us all.  I have so many memories that have come flooding in......

When I first met you 13 years ago it was at your salon.  I brought Culley in for a haircut, as you were the only one he would allow to do it.  I tried to explain to you how Jane wanted it done.  You quickly looked at me and said "trust me, I know exactly what she wants."  You started to share stories of how you and Jane met, the nail tech days, and told me  once when there was an issue with someone that wasn't doing right by Jane, you said "you can talk to her or you can deal with me, and I'll tell you right now I'm not the nice one."  I laughed at your candor and your no bullshit attitude.  You told me of how you introduced Jane to Big Culley and shared the stories of when he owned a boat.  I left that day feeling as if I had made a friend, as it turned out I had :)

As the years unfolded I was able to enjoy your company when you visited Jane and at your lovely home.  I enjoyed annual trick or treating as I walked the neighborhood with Culley and shared Rumi's first Halloween when she was 10 months old.  I would indulge the libations with Pete by the fire and watch as he lowered the giant tarantula to scare the kids. I remember Culley being obsessed with your computer and as he would entertain himself, we would visit and watch your ferrets run around.  I remember Elmo, the trampoline, the irrigation, watering your patio plants....all in flashes.  

One of my favorite memories is when I shared with you that I allowed Candice to use my insurance card.  She had a breast surgery under my name and I was terrified it would show up as pre-existing condition and working for Jane, it would hike up her rates.  You assured me it would be fine and urged me to come clean.  So, as I sat down with tears in my eyes and a nervousness throughout my body I told Jane. You said "SHIT!! I didn't know that's what you meant!!! That's BAD".

Throughout your journey I remember every step as the disease dug deeper.  I remember trying to help you float and I turned away for a split second.  When I looked back your face had fallen into the water slightly.  I was only a foot away and quickly got you back in place, as you LAUGHED hysterically and began snorting.  We both started laughing so hard we peed the pool.  We just sat there in our little pools of urine laughing....needless to say you never asked me to float with you again!

Your resilience to fight this journey has been inspirational to so many.  You were willing to try anything from eating all of your food in clay pots, to covering yourself in sacred dirt.  I remember you and Jane taking a shovel to Sedona to gather some sacred soil.  You both came in telling me stories and were laughing so hard!  From Mexico and beyond you took advantage and were open to any and all treatment options to help you battle this disease.  I always admired you and always loved you.  Your family became an extension of my own even though our time throughout the years became less and less.  I can tell you now that on occasion I may or may not have purchased alcohol for Shay (it was only once...purple passion I think?).  We would always joke about Shay's attraction for me (in jest) and you would laugh when I would give her a hard time.  I taught Culley to say "Shay is a drunk".  One afternoon when we were gathering for an event he said it aloud and you about fell out of your chair....another proud moment for me!  

Most of all, I remember being surrounded by people who loved you.  I watched Alex grow up and move out, go to college, and become a father!  I was happy to see his snake leave the house that 's for sure!  I remember how easy it was to talk to Pete and how I was consistently amazed by his muscle mass.  You were such a beautiful couple and two of my favorite people.

Working at Jane's I would always be reminded daily of how special your friendship was.  She had pictures scattered through the house that brought a sense of comfort to all of us.

So my friend, sleep with the angels.  If you see my Pop introduce yourself.....he would get a real kick out of you.  Continue to shine your light from above and know you will never be forgotten.

I love you"

This tribute was added by Camille Rankin on 28th January 2017

"My dearest Shellye,

I have been thinking of what to write for the past week now.  It still hasn't fully sunk in that you are no longer with us all.  I have so many memories that have come flooding in......

When I first met you 13 years ago it was at your salon.  I brought Culley in for a haircut, as you were the only one he would allow to do it.  I tried to explain to you how Jane wanted it done.  You quickly looked at me and said "trust me, I know exactly what she wants."  You started to share stories of how you and Jane met, the nail tech days, and told me  once when there was an issue with someone that wasn't doing right by Jane, you said "you can talk to her or you can deal with me, and I'll tell you right now I'm not the nice one."  I laughed at your candor and your no bullshit attitude.  You told me of how you introduced Jane to Big Culley and shared the stories of when he owned a boat.  I left that day feeling as if I had made a friend, as it turned out I had :)

As the years unfolded I was able to enjoy your company when you visited Jane and at your lovely home.  I enjoyed annual trick or treating as I walked the neighborhood with Culley and shared Rumi's first Halloween when she was 10 months old.  I would indulge the libations with Pete by the fire and watch as he lowered the giant tarantula to scare the kids. I remember Culley being obsessed with your computer and as he would entertain himself, we would visit and watch your ferrets run around.  I remember Elmo, the trampoline, the irrigation, watering your patio plants....all in flashes.  

One of my favorite memories is when I shared with you that I allowed Candice to use my insurance card.  She had a breast surgery under my name and I was terrified it would show up as pre-existing condition and working for Jane, it would hike up her rates.  You assured me it would be fine and urged me to come clean.  So, as I sat down with tears in my eyes and a nervousness throughout my body I told Jane. You said "SHIT!! I didn't know that's what you meant!!! That's BAD".

Throughout your journey I remember every step as the disease dug deeper.  I remember trying to help you float and I turned away for a split second.  When I looked back your face had fallen into the water slightly.  I was only a foot away and quickly got you back in place, as you LAUGHED hysterically and began snorting.  We both started laughing so hard we peed the pool.  We just sat there in our little pools of urine laughing....needless to say you never asked me to float with you again!

Your resilience to fight this journey has been inspirational to so many.  You were willing to try anything from eating all of your food in clay pots, to covering yourself in sacred dirt.  I remember you and Jane taking a shovel to Sedona to gather some sacred soil.  You both came in telling me stories and were laughing so hard!  From Mexico and beyond you took advantage and were open to any and all treatment options to help you battle this disease.  I always admired you and always loved you.  Your family became an extension of my own even though our time throughout the years became less and less.  I can tell you now that on occasion I may or may not have purchased alcohol for Shay (it was only once...purple passion I think?).  We would always joke about Shay's attraction for me (in jest) and you would laugh when I would give her a hard time.  I taught Culley to say "Shay is a drunk".  One afternoon when we were gathering for an event he said it aloud and you about fell out of your chair....another proud moment for me!  

Most of all, I remember being surrounded by people who loved you.  I watched Alex grow up and move out, go to college, and become a father!  I was happy to see his snake leave the house that 's for sure!  I remember how easy it was to talk to Pete and how I was consistently amazed by his muscle mass.  You were such a beautiful couple and two of my favorite people.

Working at Jane's I would always be reminded daily of how special your friendship was.  She had pictures scattered through the house that brought a sense of comfort to all of us.

So my friend, sleep with the angels.  If you see my Pop introduce yourself.....he would get a real kick out of you.  Continue to shine your light from above and know you will never be forgotten.

I love you"

This tribute was added by Camille Rankin on 28th January 2017

"My dearest Shellye,

I have been thinking of what to write for the past week now.  It still hasn't fully sunk in that you are no longer with us all.  I have so many memories that have come flooding in......

When I first met you 13 years ago it was at your salon.  I brought Culley in for a haircut, as you were the only one he would allow to do it.  I tried to explain to you how Jane wanted it done.  You quickly looked at me and said "trust me, I know exactly what she wants."  You started to share stories of how you and Jane met, the nail tech days, and told me  once when there was an issue with someone that wasn't doing right by Jane, you said "you can talk to her or you can deal with me, and I'll tell you right now I'm not the nice one."  I laughed at your candor and your no bullshit attitude.  You told me of how you introduced Jane to Big Culley and shared the stories of when he owned a boat.  I left that day feeling as if I had made a friend, as it turned out I had :)

As the years unfolded I was able to enjoy your company when you visited Jane and at your lovely home.  I enjoyed annual trick or treating as I walked the neighborhood with Culley and shared Rumi's first Halloween when she was 10 months old.  I would indulge the libations with Pete by the fire and watch as he lowered the giant tarantula to scare the kids. I remember Culley being obsessed with your computer and as he would entertain himself, we would visit and watch your ferrets run around.  I remember Elmo, the trampoline, the irrigation, watering your patio plants....all in flashes.  

One of my favorite memories is when I shared with you that I allowed Candice to use my insurance card.  She had a breast surgery under my name and I was terrified it would show up as pre-existing condition and working for Jane, it would hike up her rates.  You assured me it would be fine and urged me to come clean.  So, as I sat down with tears in my eyes and a nervousness throughout my body I told Jane. You said "SHIT!! I didn't know that's what you meant!!! That's BAD".

Throughout your journey I remember every step as the disease dug deeper.  I remember trying to help you float and I turned away for a split second.  When I looked back your face had fallen into the water slightly.  I was only a foot away and quickly got you back in place, as you LAUGHED hysterically and began snorting.  We both started laughing so hard we peed the pool.  We just sat there in our little pools of urine laughing....needless to say you never asked me to float with you again!

Your resilience to fight this journey has been inspirational to so many.  You were willing to try anything from eating all of your food in clay pots, to covering yourself in sacred dirt.  I remember you and Jane taking a shovel to Sedona to gather some sacred soil.  You both came in telling me stories and were laughing so hard!  From Mexico and beyond you took advantage and were open to any and all treatment options to help you battle this disease.  I always admired you and always loved you.  Your family became an extension of my own even though our time throughout the years became less and less.  I can tell you now that on occasion I may or may not have purchased alcohol for Shay (it was only once...purple passion I think?).  We would always joke about Shay's attraction for me (in jest) and you would laugh when I would give her a hard time.  I taught Culley to say "Shay is a drunk".  One afternoon when we were gathering for an event he said it aloud and you about fell out of your chair....another proud moment for me!  

Most of all, I remember being surrounded by people who loved you.  I watched Alex grow up and move out, go to college, and become a father!  I was happy to see his snake leave the house that 's for sure!  I remember how easy it was to talk to Pete and how I was consistently amazed by his muscle mass.  You were such a beautiful couple and two of my favorite people.

Working at Jane's I would always be reminded daily of how special your friendship was.  She had pictures scattered through the house that brought a sense of comfort to all of us.

So my friend, sleep with the angels.  If you see my Pop introduce yourself.....he would get a real kick out of you.  Continue to shine your light from above and know you will never be forgotten.

I love you"

This tribute was added by Sue Venners Quinn on 26th January 2017

"Shellye, I remember that photo of Mark's bar mitzvah when you were such a little punkin'...so precious.  And, subsequently, when I visited at different times of your life, I loved you so much.  Your cuteness and adorable ways...you were like tinkerbell...so light and bright and beautiful. Your smile and laughter was unforgettable.  Please say hi to your Mom and Dad, Allison, and my Mom and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa. We'll all be together one day, my love."

This tribute was added by Dixie Herrington on 26th January 2017

"I got the pleasure of taking care Shelley  for a year we had a rocky start at first but through the year we had lots of fun I will miss shopping with you on the websites I will miss your smile and your wisdom I really feel blessed that I was able to be your caregiver and get to know and love you Shelley  will be missed but never forgotten"

This tribute was added by Tracey Zemer on 23rd January 2017

"Shellye and I got to know each other because of the boys.  We were always trying to figure out how to keep them busy in the summer.  There just weren't enough camps around.  Shellye came up with a great idea and that was to have our own "summer camps"  We gathered a bunch of friends with boys.  We each took one day a week and could let the boys simply just play.  One day they had locked themselves in Zack's room.
I wasn't sure what they were up to, so I went outside and peeked in the window.  The boys had music on and were all dancing like crazy!  We laughed and laughed, the kids didn't need any fancy camps just a place to play... We continued on for  many summers.
Shellye you are a ball of fire with a will like no other!  I am so very blessed to have witnessed your powerful journey.  You have taught us all such great life lessons.  Thank you, thank you....xoxo Tracey Zemer"

This tribute was added by Tom Stillwell on 22nd January 2017

"In the Spring of 1978, I was an awkward college student with really bad hair. I was working at Best Western reservations with a lady named Nadine, who told me I should go see her friend Shellye at Hair Performers. Shellye and I were born just 2 months apart, yet she was so much smarter and wiser than me...and she cut my hair so that I felt good about my appearance for the first time in my life. It was literally a turning point for me.

We shared so many things and gave each other so much advice over the next 30 years. I followed her from salon to salon, because nobody knew how to make me look right, and nobody was as much fun to sit and talk to. We loved telling each other stories about our kids. She was so proud of Shay & Alex...and of her wonderful husband Pete (who treated my friend exactly the way I had hoped someone would one day treat her.)

I'm very sad that I will be traveling on the 28th. I will be with you in spirit."

This tribute was added by Ale Blount on 20th January 2017

"May your many memories of  Shellye  help to sustain you at this most difficult time.  I am so sorry to hear about Shellye's passing. I hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead  please find comfort in the promise found at Isaiah 33:24 that says, And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people that are dwelling in [the land] will be those pardoned for their error."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Adams on 20th January 2017

"It was honor to get to know Shelley and help as I could during her journey.  Shelley a very determined women that was going to do things and run things her way. It was a privilege to witness the  loving care Shelley received from her family, friends and caregivers.  Thank you for allowing me to be part of this.
God bless, Carolyn"

This tribute was added by P Benson on 20th January 2017

"It is wonderful reading about the family pulling together to keep Mrs Bolton's memory alive.  It is encouraging to me to do the same for my mom's memory.  I hope and pray that  each day the family will gain strength from our heavenly Father.  "God is our refuge and strength.  A help that is readily found in times of distress.  Psalms 46:1"

This tribute was added by Anastasia Olson on 19th January 2017

"Dear Shellye,
Thank you for sharing your life with me. It was such a privilege going thru this journey with you. I will forever be changed for the better. By example, you taught me so much about life, love, and courage.
     You always put other peoples needs before your own and did whatever you could to help them out. As the saying goes, give them the shirt off your back, literally. You were always loaning out your clothes, inviting people to spend the holidays with you, planning backyard barbecues, or even taking your neighbors with you on vacations. You used to say " what's mine is yours" with a huge smile on your face.
     As for love, you loved passionately and with all your heart. The love you had for Pete, Shay, Alex and Brody was beautiful and abundant . I think it was your love that kept you with us for so long, and for that I'm grateful. You also loved your friends passionately too. I loved hearing about the adventures you and Jane shared. Especially the one about your teeshirt decorating business and how you were the muscle behind the operation- I would have loved to seen that- what an incredible friendship.
     And finally courage, what can I say. The definition of courage is the ability to do something that frightens one. You Shellye were courageous every day for over nine years. Most people only have a handful of times in their entire life where they truly need to be courageous.You did what you had to do every day, day after day, scared or not you gave it everything you had. You will always be my hero !
     I will cherish the times we spent together sitting in 100 degree weather while our boys played baseball and our husbands coaching them. Although I never could cheer as loud as you-  I will always remember your favorite cheer " HIT ME A HOMER ALEI MAN " In your perfect New York accent of course. You are in my heart forever Shellye.
     Love you so much, Stacie"

This tribute was added by Lydia Bonner on 18th January 2017

"I first met Shellye when she and Peter were dating.  I instantly knew that I wanted to be friends with her.  She was so inviting to me, and was a blast to be with.  I remember telling Peter that I gave him my stamp of approval that Shellye was the one and only for him.  When we went clothes shopping together, Shelley would say to me "You need to think outside the box", and we always laughed about that.  When I needed advice on anything, she was my go to girl.  Her smiles and silliness always put me in a great mood.  I'm privileged to have been friends with such a sweet, happy, thoughtful, funny, positive, and loving Shellye."

This tribute was added by Mark Laakso on 18th January 2017

"Despite living 3000 miles away from Phoenix for the past 37 years, I consider, as many of you do, Pete and Shellye to be my very best friends. An unusual statement, considering that I have not seen either one for the past 9 years.  But then Pete and Shellye are unusual and unique individuals.  Lucky to have friends like this, a once or twice in a lifetime occurrence.
My memories of Shellye are as pure as the fresh snow we've shared together on ski trips, as clear and bright as the stars seen from the floor of the Grand Canyon and as beautiful as a Hawaiian Rainbow.  I will always hold her dear to my heart, remember her smile and laugh, just as I have for the past 9 years.
Beyond all the great times we've shared, its a serious moment of friendship, love and loyalty that I will never forget and always cherish.  It was on a river trip, my girl friend at the time, unbeknownst to me was  grumbling to Pete and Shellye about me.  Shellye, as told to me later apparently wanting nothing to do with this conversation, simply stated "We love and accept Mark for who he is."  That statement tells you a lot about my friend, Shellye Bolton. I love and miss you Shellye."

This tribute was added by Teresa Ravia on 18th January 2017

"I wanted to share a poem that was given to me when my mother passed from Alzheimers – it’s so fitting for those who have suffered through horrible diseases that leave them unable to really enjoy life to the fullest.  I keep this on my wall at work because it reminds me that even though those of us on earth miss those departed us, God makes sure they are in his arms when their journey gets too tough.  

God’s Garden

"God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.""

This tribute was added by Teresa Ravia on 18th January 2017

"Although I worked for Pete as his assistant, Shellye was in my life continually as I helped them with family travel plans. They became a second family to me over the years.  She was so fun to be around and always the "cost conscious" wife when it came to narrowing down the plans.  When Pete taught QLE all over Europe, I worked closely with Shellye to make sure her and the kids had everything she wanted to make their time fun and safe.  She was always so vibrant and I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face -- she was so full of positive energy.  Shellye, I have missed working with you over the last several years and seeing that beautiful smile. I'm sure you are at peace and happy in heaven, making sure your home is ready for the day Pete can join you.  I'm going to watch for those little "messages from heaven" as I know you will send them to all of us.  God Bless You!!"

This tribute was added by Susan Nelson on 18th January 2017

"Shellye and I first met when a group of us came together at a new salon "Rumors" we became fast friends spending so much time working together.Shellye was the  exotic dark haired beauty stuck between myself and Jodine her blonde friends.She was a fearless woman she  knew what she wanted and always went for it. Shellye and I were single ladies together We traveled  together  a cruise to the Bahama's, Club Med in Martinique, Hawaii and to California for a weekend. Shellye, Jodine OBrien and I all got married in the same year . We  all got pregnant and had babies with in a year of each other.As with growing families you get busy and loose touch. When she heard I had cancer she was one of the first to reach out to me.That is the kind of person she was. She taught me to go for the little things, and enjoy a ride in the car for ice-cream and to always wear lipstick when you left the house (,something her Mom had told her). Shellye so glad you were in my life......Prayers have been with you always and they remain for Pete and the kids."You're a Butterfly and Butterflies are free to fly, fly away..........."(Elton John) Love Susan and Scott Nelson"

This tribute was added by Leslie Hoffman on 18th January 2017

"Shelley came out to California years ago to visit and we took her to Tahoe to ski. She hadn't had much experience on the slopes, but she compensated by wearing a white, fashionable, furry hooded ski outfit as if she was on the cover of Ski Vogue! Then she merrily went about crashing into anyone who got in her way. She spent more time down than up!"

This tribute was added by Shafeeq Ladha on 18th January 2017

"Shelley, Although I didn't get to know you before this dreaded disease got hold of you, I had the pleasure and honor of being able to see your indomitable spirit and courageousness. You will always hold a place in my heart as one of my favorite patients and people. S. Ladha"

This tribute was added by Michele Czopp on 17th January 2017

"Shellye, U were my first friend when I moved from Israel to Scottsdale 26 years ago. We used to excersize and steamed together at The Phoenician. U were beautiful, funny sincere and a savvy shopper. U loved being a wife and a mom more than anything. You put your heart and soul into the different projects in your house. Your friendship with Jane was like no other and I remember u telling me each year about your yearly birthday plans. Always so detailed and meaningful.  U had us over for one of your delicious home cooked meals and not only I but  Nir  felt an imeadiate connection with U and Pete. We celebrated many Simchas together , I posted a picture of u dancing with Nir at his 30th bday, U and I at Chanele's baby shower and Pete and U at the baby naming and Bris of Amir and Shir. Although we didn't get to see u in the last couple of years  we never stop thinking about u and the great times we had! U r a beautiful soul  that left  her mark on everyone u touched and that memory will live on forever! Our prayers and thoughts go out to Pete , Shay, Alex and Jane. ❤❤❤"

This tribute was added by Andra Miller on 17th January 2017

"Shellye, I love you. You know how much. You know how you helped me in a time when I thought I was alone. You were there for me. We became friends in a time when we were both suffering.  I'm sorry that when I moved I was not there for you like I should have been.  I hope you know how important you were to me. You were an amazing person. There will never be anyone like you. I am grateful I got to experience your love and kindness.  I'm grateful for our laughs together.  What a true blessing you were. Thank you."

This tribute was added by Claire Archbold on 17th January 2017

"Shelleye, I will never forget the time you, Shay and I  were all laughing hysterically  to this video together. Laughed so hard we were crying...those moments of laughter are few and far between as we get older, and I'm so thankful to have gotten to share that moment with you. I hope you are resting peacefully now. Lots of love to one classy, beautiful woman that all of Shay's girlfriends looked up to.

For those of you in need of a good laugh....

https://youtu.be/nGeKSiCQkPw"

This tribute was added by leslie hoffman on 17th January 2017

"Shellye, I'll never, ever forget you....your gorgeous smile, eyes filled with light and life, remarkable sense of humor, and enormous amount of love for your family and friends. I can't take my eyes off all the incredible photos of you. Please look for Allison for me, ok? I'll always love you."


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