Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Lakeridge United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel in Lubbock. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Joann was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Syracuse, Kan., to Arthur and Edna Benedict. As a young child she moved to Lamar, Colo., and was raised on a farm outside of town with her three siblings. In 1943, she and her sister Jean moved to Amarillo to train as teletype operators and were soon employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for several years.
On June 10, 1945, she married Thomas Coe Shelton. Joann found her passion in raising four daughters in a Christ centered environment.
Joann was a beautiful lady who was always loving and kind. She had the heart of a caregiver, always helping those in need. She was active in her church and taught the three year olds Sunday School class for 15 years at Buchanan Street Baptist Church. Joann later became active for many years in the First Baptist Church of Amarillo.
In 2009, she and her husband moved to Heartland House assisted living in Lubbock to be closer to family. She quickly established new friendships and enjoyed attending church at Lakeridge United Methodist Church. Joann loved participating in games and activities and regularly beat her daughters at Scrabble.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and a brother.
Survivors include her husband, T.C. Shelton; four daughters, Cathy Lynskey of League City, Karen Milner and husband George of Morganton, N.C., Connie Shelton of Austin and Kristi Townsen and husband Stewart of Lubbock; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, a sister, Lois Sawyer of Grand Rapids, Mich; and her treasured nieces, Linda Burkett, Carolyn Shannon, Patricia and Lana Adcock.