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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Obituary - Brenda Jo Shelton

On August 19, 1941 at 1:19 am, Brenda Jo White was born in Norborne, Missouri to Aaron Floyd White, Sr. and Minnie Mae (Slaughter) White. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Minnie; sister Penelope Jones; son Juan Miles; and grandchildren, Matthew and Kaitlyn Dodd.

Brenda grew up in Kansas City, MO and received her education in the Kansas City, MO public schools, graduating from Paseo High School in 1959. Brenda’s spiritual instruction began early in life as a member of Centennial Methodist Church. She went on to become a devout Catholic and later a Spiritualist with her assignment for caring for others and graciously opening her home to all that needed shelter.

Brenda held several occupations throughout lifetime. She began her career as a data entry clerk for the Mayor’s office in Kansas City, MO. She went on to become a data entry/keypunch operator for TWA and enjoyed selling high-end costume jewelry for Sarah Coventry and Empress Pearls. Brenda was a supervisor for the Department of Transportation, Highway Division for the state of Kansas. When Brenda graduated from truck driving school, she obtained her Commercial Driver’s License and became a long distance over the road truck driver. After obtaining her real estate license she became a real estate agent in Tulsa, OK. Later in life she continued her education and received a graduate degree from the University of Nebraska, Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Gerontology. She finished her career as a Nursing Home Administrator, as her education included knowledge on different aspects of aging.

In life Brenda was passionate about reading, a great listener, and a life-long learner. She enjoyed gardening, learning to play the guitar, playing card games such as spades and bid whist and she also enjoyed playing the SIMS on her computer. Brenda was published as a fictional writer and enjoyed family folklore storytelling. She spent time researching her family heritage and genealogy for her family tree.

In Belton, Missouri on Wednesday May 26, 2021, at age 79, Brenda Jo Shelton’s spirit took flight while peacefully resting at home.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Edward Shelton Jr.; son Everett “Butch” Dodd; three daughters, LaTanya Dodd-Badmus (Opeyemi), Alexis Dodd-Conley (Billy), and Nicole McKelvin-Spicer (Anthony); five sisters, Sondra White, Wendy White (Brenda), Sherri White (Traci), Jacqueline Redeemer, and Carolyn Jones; twenty-one grandchildren; and thirty-one great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and several cousins.

Brenda, BJ, Moma, Mother, Granny, Sister, Aunt and Friend
gone but never forgotten, forever in our hearts.

A visitation will be held for Brenda from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, Missouri 64105 or a cancer society of your choice.