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Friday, September 8, 2023
4:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)
Violet Shelton, 87, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023 at Care Haven Homes in Overland Park, Kansas. A memorial visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Friday, September 8, 2023 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64138.
Violet was born on Dec 21, 1935 in Belfast, N. Ireland to Herbert and Elizabeth (Nicholl) Wilkinson. She lived there with them and her 3 sisters until the age of 21 when she immigrated via a sponsor to the United States where she worked as a nanny in Kansas City, MO. She married Phillip B. Shelton on June 10, 1961 in Kansas City, MO and later became a US citizen and had 2 children, Caroline Sue and Elizabeth Marie. Violet was a homemaker raising 2 girls and also had an in-home daycare service for many years. She was a lover of all children as many can attest to her being their favorite babysitter and favorite neighborhood mom. Her love of music, especially John Denver, American movies and pop culture, that brought her to the United States, was passed down to her kids and grandkids. The grands can tell you she was the first to take them to an action, superhero or sci fi/fantasy movie. This made her daughters happy because they were not fans of those movies. Violet also loved the great outdoors, nature, mountains and traveling to see it all. She loved camping and skiing when her daughters were growing up. Traveling to Ireland over her life to visit her family is also something she enjoyed. Her bright smiling face and always positive, and sometimes sassy, attitude was infectious and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Pearlie Willis and Edie Chambers, and husband. She is survived by her daughters, Caroline Wills and Elizabeth (Kurt) Hamilton, 5 grandchildren, Caitlin (Ryan) Knuth, Tyler (Kathleen) Wills, Megan Wills, Chase Hamilton and Brady (Sydney) Hamilton, and 5 great grandchildren, Holland, Braeden, Thomas, Patrick and Elena.
In lieu of flowers the family invites you to donate to Care Haven Homes. The facility and it’s caregivers provided loving care to Violet over the 2.5 years she lived there. The comfort they provided especially in her final days was invaluable. Make checks payable to Care Haven Homes 3848 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208 Attention Neil Barnett and memo “in memory of Violet Shelton”. It is important to note they are not a non-profit organization. Therefore donations are not tax deductible.