Debbie Sheldon obituary

Deborah Jean Sheldon was born July 10, 1952, in Jefferson City to Norman Clayton and Dorothy (Williams) McCain. She passed away at her home on the bluff over the merging of the Sac and Osage rivers near Osceola on Dec. 17, 2016.

Debbie’s early life was spent in the Versailles area where her father was an agent for United Farm Agency. Later in the 1950’s, Debbie moved with her family to the Kansas City area. She graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1970. Debbie then graduated from Kansas State University in 1974. While in Manhattan she was united in marriage to Steve Evans. This union was blessed with a son, Brent Alan Evans, who made her very proud daily.

On June 13, 1986, she was united in marriage to Randy Sheldon in Overland Park, KS. They spent their entire married life in Osceola where Randy was operating the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

This marriage also united Debbie with three additional sons – Sean, Ryan and Rodney.

Randy and Debbie purchased the Booth Funeral Home in Rich Hill later in 1986 and operated it 17 years. They made many lifelong friends during their time in Rich Hill, leaving there at the end of 2003. In 1996 they established the Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs purchasing the Brown Funeral Home and building a new location which continues to serve El Dorado Springs while continuing to operate the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.

Debbie earned her funeral director’s license and was very active in the day-to-day operations. She adapted quickly to small town life and loved the many, many friends that came with the funeral profession.

She was an active member of the Community Church of Osceola.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Lance Evans and Sean Sheldon; a sister in infancy, Sherry Lynn McCain; aunts; uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband, Randy, of the home; three sons – Ryan, Brent and wife, Rachel, and Rodney and wife, Amanda; daughter-in-law, Lana Sheldon; one brother, Norman McCain, and wife, Nancy; one sister, Sandy Pummill, and husband, Cliff; four grandchildren – Lolly, Tegin, Macy and Casady (all of whom she adored); aunts; uncles; cousins; nephews and a niece; her mother-in-law, Jean Sheldon; two sisters-in-law, Candi Baker and husband, J.D., and Kima Sheldon; great nephews and a great-niece.

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