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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Obituary - Thelma Nadine Shoemaker

Our Precious Mother Thelma Nadine Shoemaker, age 75 laid her body to rest and traveled to heaven in spirit with our Heavenly Father at 6:36AM on October 24th, 2021 at her home outside of Lowry City, Missouri surrounded by her family who will continue to honor her legacy by staying close and living our lives to the fullest. 

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Vansant-Mills Chapel in Clinton, Missouri with visitation from 1:00 - 2:00 PM prior to the service. Cremation to follow with a graveside service on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Peaceful Home Cemetery in Lowry City, Missouri. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Diabetes Association and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Thelma was born on July 10th 1946 in Independence, Missouri where she was raised by her amazing parents, Lenora and George Godfrey, with love and great family values along with her five siblings. Thelma loved the life of a teenager, going to dances and hanging out with friends and family always laughing and having a great time!! Thelma was heaven sent to most everyone she met; always had great advice and just her calm loving personality could put you at ease.

Thelma met Douglas Shoemaker in the summer of 1964 and by September 5th they were engaged, Doug knew by then he had met a true angel. They were married on June 6th 1965 and started their journey as man and wife. Thelma’s passion moved on from that teenage life to her new life of marriage and motherhood and this is where she found her true happiness!! If there was anything Thelma was put on this earth for, it was definitely being a mother!! Thelma’s life was dedicated to her children and their happiness and making sure they knew how much she loved them. Thelma especially loved her role as a Nana. She deeply loved her family including all her extended family. She has touched the lives of so many with her unconditional love, generosity and kindness. She always spoke the words of advice, “Life is a journey, it’s up to you to write it.”

Thelma truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures which brought great joy to Thelma. She had the ability to find happiness in her daily activities such as riding the side by side through the woods and enjoying nature to watching over her great grandchildren.

The love in Thelma drew her to a career in nursing, which needless to say Thelma was the best!! Thelma spent the last 30 years of her nursing career at Truman Lake Manor, where she enjoyed helping and working with the elderly. It suited her servant heart. This world is truly a less of a place without Thelma.

Thelma will be remembered and cherished by her surviving children; her son Brentt Shoemaker and wife Tina of the home, daughters, Tonie Buttera of Clinton, Missouri, Aurora Heckle and husband David of Plattsburg, Missouri, 10 Grandchildren; Dalton Shoemaker, Cierra Shoemaker, Mackenzy Shoemaker, Gabrielle Shoemaker, Kyle Buttera, Kendra King, Seth Heckle, Hallie Settles, Trenton Ford, Autumn Ford, 5 great grandchildren; Paisliye Carlino, Sophia Carlino, Vivian Buttera, Kaydence Buttera, Tyson King, 2 brothers; George Godfey of Independence, Missouri, Jerry Godfrey of Stover, Missouri, 3 sisters; Marian Peterson of Cameron, Missouri, Margie Marley of Kansas City, Missouri, Linda Ford of Iconium, Missouri.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Douglas Shoemaker, sister-in-law’s; Donna Godfrey, Ethal Godfrey, brother-in- law’s; Charles Shoemaker and Emery Ford, her parents Lenora and George Godfrey.

You will forever be missed mom!! We love you with all our hearts!!

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.