September 19, 2002
(8/15/1933 - 9/15/2002)
Dixie Shalley, 69, of Memphis, MO, passed away September 15, 2002, at Columbia Regional Hospital in Columbia, MO.
She was born August 15, 1933, in Montgomery City, MO, the daughter of Earl and Josephine Bordeaudx Beeler.
She graduated from Memphis High School in 1951, as Valedictorian of her class. Dixie was a member of the Memphis High School girls basketball team that went undefeated in 1950 and then lost only one game in 1951 for a two-year record of 71-1. The team won first place in all tournaments entered in a three-year span. Dixie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in May 1970.
She married Tom Shalley on May 29, 1955, at the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis, MO, and to this union three children were born.
Dixie taught elementary school in Memphis for 29 years. She also enjoyed playing the piano and organ for the First Presbyterian Church. In 1996 she received from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Honorary Life Membership and Ministry of Music Certificate of Recognition for 36 years of devoted service as church organist. She also received a Rotary International Award for saving the life of a student on February 8, 1983. Dixie attended many ball games, was a cheerleader sponsor and a volunteer at the Downing House. She enjoyed working with flowers and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors are her husband, Tom Shalley, two sons, Doug Shalley and wife, Vicki and Dave Shalley and wife, Stephanie and a daughter, Pam Shalley, all of Memphis, MO; six grandchildren, Chris and Angie Nelson, and Catie Shalley, Jenna and Marcus Shalley, and Colby Brown; and one great-grandchild, Payton Nelson. Also surviving are two sisters, Leslie Clark of Memphis, MO, and Mary Jo Swallow and husband, Jim of Hamilton, IL; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Shirley Ann Beeler.
The family has suggested memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or the Downing House.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO, 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 19, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis, MO, with Rev. Charles McCracken officiating. Music will be by Connie Courtney, organist and Dan Cotton, soloist. Body bearers will be Lynn Riney, Richard Mathes, Mark Kelley, Ryan Clark, Scott Kelley, and Mark Steggall. Interment will be in the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO. Arrangements are being handled by the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO.