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Welling, Shielda G

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March 10, 1946 - June 30, 2017

Welling, Shielda G

Shielda Gaye Welling was born March 10, 1946, in Dumas, Texas, to Hubert and Elva Richards.  She was the second of six children.  Siblings include sisters Melva Berry, Aurelia Watson, Darlaine Gibson and LoLeta Jeffcoat and a brother, Trenton Richards.  At the time of Shielda’s birth, the family lived on the family farm north of Sunray, Texas, in the far north of the Texas Panhandle.

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The family eventually moved to Amarillo, Texas where Shielda attended school.  She graduated in 1964 as part of the first graduating class of Caprock High School where she was named Valedictorian.  She graduated from Amarillo College in 1966 with an Associate’s Degree then attended Texas Tech and graduated in 1968 with a BA in history. Later she would attend graduate school at the University of New Orleans where she earned  a Master’s Degree in history.  Once her children were in high school she received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Sam Houston State University.

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Shielda and Ed Welling were married in 1968 after she graduated from Texas Tech.  They moved to northern California where Ed served in the US Air Force.  She began her teaching career in Sunnyvale at a Catholic parochial school and later taught middle school history and science in the Sunnyvale school system.

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After the Air Force, Shielda and Ed moved to Slidell, Louisiana, where she taught in the McComb School District.  While there she attended graduate school at New Orleans where she was a student aide for the historian and author Stephen Ambrose.

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Their son Glenn Edward was born in 1975 in Slidell and she began her most beloved role as a stay at home mom.  In 1977, the family moved to Midland, Texas.  In 1979, the family was completed when their daughter Diane Gayle was born.  Shielda and her family lived in Midland until 1985 when they moved to Kingwood.

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In Kingwood, Shielda began volunteering at the Kingwood High School library.  Eventually she realized that she really enjoyed library work which led inspired her to earn  a Master’s degree in Library Science.  After Glenn and Diane were both in college, Shielda began working in the library at Kingwood College.  She often said that her time as a librarian at Kingwood College was her most satisfying work because she truly enjoyed helping students with their research.  She particularly liked working with adult students who often arrived at the library in a daze over some research assignment.  With her assistance, the students would leave with a smile and a sense of accomplishment.  Unfortunately, Shielda’s work in the library was shortened by the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Though she first began noticing symptoms about 14 years ago, the disease was not able to prevent her from enjoying her family. 

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Shielda was blessed with a son-in-law, Jeremy Reeves and a daughter-in-law, Kelly – her “children-by-marriage.”  She was thrilled to have Jeremy and Kelly join her family, loved them as her own and was always thankful for the love they showered on her.

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Grand-kids were Shielda’s pride and joy.  She was blessed with eight, including Emma Reeves, Stella Reeves, Robert Welling, Nicholas Welling, Lincoln Reeves, Caroline Welling, Liv Reeves and Reid Welling.  The first request when any of them arrived was, “Can you read to me, Mimi?”  She had a special knack for engaging children in a book.  One of the grand-kids even designated her as the “Champion Reader”.  She also loved to include grand-kids in her daily green-belt walks, sharing with them the beauty of the sights and sounds of God’s amazing creation.

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As the disease progressed, life became more challenging.  One thing that never changed was her enduring and endearing sweet spirit.  This spirit, along with her smile and frequent joyful “chattiness” enabled her to make real connections with the caregiver and hospice teams that helped with her care over the last several months.

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Shielda accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as a child.  As an adult, she was active over the years as a Sunday School teacher, VBS volunteer and a person that you could count on from everything from working in the church nursery to helping to prepare for communion.  She loved the Lord and her life was evidence of that love.  She was thankful to see the continuity of this love in Glenn and Diane’s families.

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Shielda ended her struggle with Alzheimer’s and went to be with her Lord early in the morning on Friday, June 30, 2017.  Shielda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ed Welling, her children Glenn Welling and his wife Kelly of Spring, Texas and Diane and her husband Jeremy Reeves of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Her eight grandchildren include Robert, Nicholas, Caroline and Reid Welling of Spring, Texas, and Emma, Stella, Lincoln and Liv Reeves of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is also survived by her mother Elva Richards of Amarillo, Texas and sisters Melva Berry, of Amarillo, Texas,  Aurelia Watson of Burleson, Texas, Darlaine Gibson of El Paso, Texas LoLeta Jeffcoat of San Antonio, Texas and a brother Trenton Richards of Highland Ranch, Colorado.

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Shielda was preceded in death by her father Hubert Richards of Amarillo, Texas.

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The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

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Visitation will be held at 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Durst Funeral Home garden.  A service of remembrance will be held at the Kingwood First Presbyterian Church at 10:00 am Friday, July 7, 2017.  The service will be presided over by Rev. Jeremy Reeves, Shielda and Ed’s son-in-law and pastor of City Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim Stephenson -longtime friend of the family and Glenn Welling, Shielda and Ed’s son.

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The family wants to recognize a special group of people that brought great comfort to Shielda and her family as we all made this journey together.  The caregivers, med techs and staff of the Isle of Kingwood Memory Care Unit, especially Darrell Webb and Demetria ________, Jenna Godeaux, RN, Jasmine ____and the rest of the Hospice Plus team and Dorene Beach, Director of Senior Ministries at KFPC – and dear friend – have ministered to, cared for, loved on and brought joy to Shielda during an otherwise challenging time.  Thank you!

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Visitation: A visitation was held on 2017-07-07 at Darst Funeral Home.


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