GRACE HIBBARD SHELDON
GRACE HIBBARD SHELDON
Grace Hibbard Sheldon died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, Kan. She was born April 3, 1913, near Blanche, Mo., to Claude and Halie (Uhlmann) Hibbard and grew up near Ava, Mo., where the family settled permanently.
Grace attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers' College, Springfield, Mo., taught in local rural schools, later transferring to Pittsburg State College, Pittsburg, Kan., in preparation for teaching first grade in Medicine Lodge where Hibbard relatives lived. On June 25, 1939, she married Ray Sheldon. The ceremony was held in the home of her great-uncle and aunt, George and Inis Hibbard.
Ray and Grace were parents of five children: Rae Ann, who died in infancy, Jana, John, and twins, Mark and Miles. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and earlier was active in United Methodist Women, Self Culture Club and Chapter DP, P.E.O. She enjoyed gardening, finding and giving second life to country antiques and, above all, entertaining family and friends. Her kitchen service in church funeral dinners was legendary.
The Sheldons had been married 65 years when they moved together to a rest home in Pratt, Kan. (Members of their church choir boarded a bus and came to serenade them.) Ray died in 2004. They are remembered for their dedication to each other, family, friends and church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; her husband; a baby sister, Elsie; a brother, Glenn ( Zola); and a brother-in-law, Dale Martin. Survivors are her four children; Jana (Gary ) Weiss, Powell, Wyo.; John (Patricia) Sheldon, Guthrie, Okla.; Miles (Linda) Sheldon, Medicine Lodge; Mark (Jan) Sheldon, McPherson; a sister, Susan Martin, Concordia; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three nephews and one niece.
Her funeral service was Tuesday, March 25, at the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, with Pastor Dale Thiele officiating. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.
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