Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home

4150 East Third St, Bloomington, IN


Susan Stowe Shelden

February 23, 1953July 10, 2019

Susan Stowe Shelden, 66, of Bloomington passed away on July 10, 2019, at her home after a long illness. She was born on February 23, 1953, in Memphis, TN, to Douglas R. Stowe and Dorothy Bye Stowe. Her parents and a sister, Ann Fitzner, preceded her in death.

Sue touched many lives as event coordinator at Deer Park Manor in Bloomington, where she oversaw hundreds of weddings and other events between 2006 and 2015. In previous years she managed the Friends of Art Bookshop at I.U., and coordinated events for the Bloomington Early Music Festival. She also had a long retail career in the College Mall area, managing two popular stores—The Viewpoint and Different Drummer.

She was active in the community in many capacities, serving as a volunteer tutor at Bloomington South High School, a Girl Scout Leader, and an active member of the Monroe County History Center, where her expertise in fine art was especially valued. A member of First Presbyterian Church, she was involved extensively in mission work, church renovations, and youth fellowship.

Sue loved to paint, cook, garden, and travel. Her many friends treasured her good humor, loyalty, and compassion. Her family adored her.

In 1973 she married Michael Shelden in Omaha, NE, and they remained devoted to each other until the hour of her passing. She is survived by her husband; her older daughter Sarah Shelden Coplen and husband Collins Coplen of Santa Monica, CA; her younger daughter Vanessa Shelden of Los Angeles, CA; grandsons Finn and Oliver Coplen; her brother Doug Stowe and his wife Jean Elderwind of Eureka Springs, AR; her sister Mary Woodard and husband Jim Woodard of Lincoln, NE; and five nieces and nephews.

A remembrance service will be held at 10am on August 10 at First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington.


  • Remembrance Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


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Carrie Green Evans

July 18, 2019

I am so sad to hear this. Sue was such a comfort to me in the loss of my father and we continued to stay in touch the years following his passing. She was so encouraging and supportive. I will miss her friendship and her beautiful smile. My love to her family and loved ones. I'm so sorry.

Carol Huffman

July 15, 2019

Sue gave me my first job in Bloomington after my husband and I returned to our college town. I became the BLEMF director after Sue. She was always helpful and knowledgeable. We then became good friends through mutual friends and her positive outlook on life gave everyone she came in contact with good feelings about living. She was our limoncello lady on the lake and a smile always came with her treat for us. I will miss her greatly. Bloomington has lost a lovely sharing giving person. My heart goes out to her family.

Linda Scott

July 14, 2019

Dear Sarah and Vanessa,
I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother was an active member of her community, something I have always loved about Bloomington. We will all miss her.

Evelyn Powers

July 13, 2019

To Sue's family and friends: Sue was an absolute doll of a person. I had the sheer pleasure of knowing her for 29 years through our mutual interest in what was once The Monroe County Historical Society, now the Monroe County History Museum. I looked forward to visiting her and admiring all the art she put together for their annual fundraiser, once a "live" auction, then, currently, a "Garage Sale." Sue lit up a room with her smile and winning personality. She will be missed. God speed, sweet Sue. It was nice knowing you. In Sympathy, Evelyn Powers

Jocelyn Bowie

July 13, 2019

Sue was such a kind, enthusiastic, caring, vital, and fun person. Her enthusiasm for art and history was only matched by her knowledge and curiosity. What a sad loss. My condolences to the family and to all Sue's many friends.

bari kuhlman

July 13, 2019

Sue was my first visitor in Terre Haute. She was my docent- showing me all the beauty that ISU architecture had to offer. Her passion for historical restorations was contagious. As was her overall joie de vivre. I will fondly recall her briskly walking through the campus with me in tow - trying to keep up :)

Lisa Bracker

July 12, 2019

Sarah and Vanessa,
My heart aches for you. Your mom was one of the most genuine people I have ever known. I treasure our Girl Scout memories together .
No words can adequately comfort you , but I can tell you, from experience, that you will always feel her, see her in yourselves, your actions, your humor, your children. Wishing you a lifetime of memories.
Lisa Bracker

Rebecca Allerhand

July 12, 2019

Sue was the most kind caring person with a huge heart she always had a way of making my day better while I was working when she came into shop she always greeted me with a hug everytime I saw her I will miss her greatly love you sue