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Mary Lou (Holland) Shellenberger
October 20, 1953 ~ September 21, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Mary Lou Shellenberger was born Tuesday October 20, 1953, in Burneyville, Oklahoma to Melton and Sweetie (Lina) Holland and she died Thursday September 21, 2023, at her home in Greenville, Oklahoma surrounded by family at the age of 69 years, 11 months and 1 day.
Mary attended school at Leon and Turner. She went to work at the Cookie Shop at the age of 16. Eventually she went to work and retired from Uniroyal, where she worked in tire building. She married David Shellenberger on January 14, 1981, at the Hole in The Wall and they remained married for almost 19 years until his death on January 2, 2000. She and David loved to fish and camp, especially on the Red River. They would travel to Ruidoso, New Mexico to fish. camp and attend the pow wows and take her nieces and nephews. Mary, David, and Kristie loved to attend rodeos and Mary and David would travel to Las Vegas to watch the National Finals Rodeo. Mary would take Kristie and Daniel (nephew) to Texas Rangers games and baseball card shows. Mary seldom missed any of Daniels baseball games when he was in High School. She would make sugar cookies and no bake cookies for Daniel and his team mates to enjoy, and they would finish off all the cookies before the games. Her sister Gloria would load up and go with her! Mary was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan back in the 70’s. Mary always enjoyed entertaining her nieces and nephews on the weekends during the summertime. Vacations with family, shopping and cooking were highlights of Mary’s life. If you were hungry, Mary would surely feed you as she was a very sweet and generous person and would give you her last five dollars. She was an excellent cook for her family and gatherings for holidays. Her forever companion was her ½ rat terrier, ½ Weiner dog named Bailey. Bailey was her protector and would snuggle under the covers with Mary. When Mary had to leave the house for doctors’ appointments and dialysis, Bailey would not go back into the house until Mary returned home. Before her illness of diabetes and kidney failure she and Kristie, or whoever wanted to go would make trips for shopping and sightseeing. Prior to losing her eyesight she read romance novels. Mary was of the Pentecostal Faith and enjoyed listening to the music of the Gaither Family, Jimmy Swaggart and Elvis Presley. Mary was proud of her Native Heritage, being ½ Choctaw. Mary was a true believer and a firm believer in prayer. Mary loved her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Wanda Vaughn; brothers, Virgil Holland, John Holland, Albert Wayne Holland; great nephew Nathan Hurst. She is survived by a niece Kristie Holland of the home, Kristie was Mary’s care giver. Mary did not want to go to a nursing home. Kristie told her she would take care of her. son Bobby Yount of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; granddaughters, Lacie Yount of Oklahoma City, Harley Beavers and her fiancé Hunter McLees of Marietta, Oklahoma, Mackenia Yount of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; grandsons, Braxton Beavers of Marietta, Oklahoma, Dillon Yount of Durant, Oklahoma; great grandson, Stetson McLees of Marietta, Oklahoma; brother, Dennis Holland and his wife Robin of Burneyville, Oklahoma; sisters, Valine Stonebarger of Marietta, Oklahoma, Gloria Willis and her husband Ben of Marietta, Oklahoma, Alta Faye Carroll of Greenville, Oklahoma, Corenia Hurst and her husband Don of Marietta, Oklahoma, JoAnn Pollard and her husband Terry of Burneyville, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Glenda Holland of Mead, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Frankie Vaughan of Greenville, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday September 30, 2023, at the Rubottom Baptist Church with Pastor Ryan Eakins officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of John David and Laura Black Griffin with Laurel Funeral Home, Healdton, Oklahoma. Remembrances and condolences may be left at www.laurelfuneralhome.com.