Kay Shelnutt, 81, of Ruidoso passed away Saturday, April 13, in Ruidoso. She was born September 13, 1937 in Clovis, NM. She moved to Ruidoso in 2001 from El Paso, TX.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star and the Beta Sigma Phi. She attended the Methodist Church. She married Don a. Shelnutt on September 5, 1970 at Hobbs, NM.
She is survived by her husband, Don A. Shelnutt, two sons, Scott Shelnutt of Spring, TX and Jamie Shelnutt of Briscoe, WI; three daughters, Celeste Stone of Nogal, Cally Walker of Severn MD and Cindy Walker of Idaho; a sister, Rita Jones of Detroit, MI; 6 granddaughters and 3 great grandsons.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Her funeral service will be Friday, April 19, at 10:00 A.M. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Gavilan Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Kay and Don, I had no idea this was so serious. Have been trying to reach you. Don, so sorry for your loss. and the whole family. I am here if you need some help or just a cup of coffee.
God Bless all of you
Doris HuskeyRuidoso, NM
Sometimes life take us in unexpected directions and new doors open as a result. In 2003 I moved to Las Cruces, NM as a result of my husband's job. The new door that opened was getting to know a cousin who I had only briefly met in my then 50+ years. Kay had kept in touch with my mother, Kay's father's sister, for many years. My mother also moved to Las Cruces and we began to drive to beautiful Riudoso to visit Kay and Don. They opened their home to us and for the brief two years that we lived in New Mexico a relationship began that sadly ended on 4/13/19. Kay spent some of her youth growing up with my mother's siblings and shared stories of my family in Texas that I know so little of. She was deeply committed to her family and of course to her loving Don. I was so impressed by the kindness they displayed to one another and to me and my mother. We laughed often and I indulged in the wonderful food she cooked. Kay and Don provided me with some of the fondest memories I have of New Mexico. We left in early 2005 but Kay and I continued our relationship via phone and email. I had just made my flight and hotel reservations on 4/13/19 to visit Kay and Don when I received the call from Don that Kay had taken a serious downturn and was under Hospice care. It was with great sadness that I had to cancel my plans. I knew Kay had suffered with several health problems but she was always positive and saw life through a glass that was very full. Kay will always be in my heart as will Don. My most sincere condolences to Don and all of your extended family. With much love and sadness.
Libby HiggsModesto, CA
So sorry for ur lose. I will see u soon.
Love u all
Shirlene SimmonsSand Springs, OK