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Lisle Funeral Home

1605 L Street, Fresno, CA

OBITUARY

Emma Jo Shelton

July 20, 1934January 7, 2020

Emma Jo Gantt Shelton Fresno – July 20, 1934 – January 7, 2020 “The connections we make in the course of a life— maybe that’s what heaven is.” --Fred Rogers

Emma Jo Shelton died January 7, 2020, around 4:30 p.m. in Fresno, California. She was 85. Mrs. Shelton loved gardening, romantic outings, old westerns, collecting antique glassware and her family. She was born July 20, 1934, in Lavaca, Arkansas, to Jesse Margaret and Elvert L. Sidney Gantt. At age 12, her family relocated from rural Arkansas to Fresno, California.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952, working part time at Borrelli’s, where she convinced folks that her job was making spaghetti by pushing it out of the middle of the macaroni.

Following graduation, she began working for Pacific Bell Telephone Company (then AT&T), rising through the ranks into management during her long tenure with the company. Following her retirement after over 32 years of service, they relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, with PDC Corporation, where she enjoyed taming and tidying a large garden at her home.

The Sheltons relocated to Fresno, where they remained the rest of their lives. For many years, Mrs. Shelton served actively in many local and state American Legion Auxiliary positions, including President. Through the years, the couple enjoyed time with family and friends entertaining, enjoying their house boat, spending weekends at a mountain cabin and travelling in their motor home. Most who knew them would describe them as fun! She met Reginald Dale Shelton at Pacific Bell, and they married in Reno, Nevada on May 17, 1958. Theirs was an enviable love, post-dating her beloved Dale’s passing after 57 years of marriage. Mrs. Shelton was a dedicated helpmate, supporting her husband’s adventurous endeavors and caring for him lovingly through his extended life-ending illness. She never fully recovered from her grief, and anxiously awaited their reunion in paradise.

Mrs. Shelton was preceded in death by her husband, Reginald Dale Shelton; her parents, Elvert L. Sidney Gantt and Jesse Margaret McAbee Gantt; and brothers James Murl, Darrell Howard, and Danny Mack Gantt.

She is survived by her uncle, Leland Jefferson Gantt of Fort Smith, Arkansas; siblings Doris Sue McClelland of Fresno, California, Elvert Leslie Gantt of Eureka, California, Robert Clark Gantt of San Jose, California, Margaret Frances Adams of Oakdale, Louisiana, and Sally Eileen Snyder of Livermore, California; brothers-in-law, Samuel Adams of Oakdale, Louisiana and William Shelton of Fresno, California; sister-in-law Connie Gantt of Merced, California; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

A visitation for Emma will be held Friday, January 24, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 L Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

A graveside service will occur Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 N. Teilman Ave, Fresno, CA 93706.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her uncle, Leland Jefferson Gantt of Fort Smith, Arkansas; siblings Doris Sue McClelland of Fresno, California, Elvert Leslie Gantt of Eureka, California, Robert Clark Gantt of San Jose, California, Margaret Frances Adams of Oakdale, Louisiana, and Sally Eileen Snyder of Livermore, California; brothers-in-law, Samuel Adams of Oakdale, Louisiana and William Shelton of Fresno, California; sister-in-law Connie Gantt of Merced, California; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Services

25 January

Graveside Service

12:00 pm

Belmont Memorial Park

201 N. Teilman Ave
Fresno, CA 93706

Memories

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Jan Gragnani

January 17, 2020

My fondest memory is the wonderful time we had when my sister Sue and I brought our Dad ( Ferrell Shelton) out to visit Dale and Emma. Dad was so afraid of flying but to spend time with them was worth it to him and us, it was priceless 💗

Mickey Gantt Arancibia

January 17, 2020

Aunt Emma, you are going to be missed by so many. I can’t remember a time since I was a little girl where I ever saw you anything but Sweet and loving to everyone. The beautiful smile you had, will never be forgotten and how your laughter filled a room with joy; especially at family gatherings. You will be missed but not forgotten and we are all extremely lucky to have you watching over all of us.

Sue Souers

January 17, 2020

I will miss our wonderful phone conversations and the love you so easily shared with our family. I hope you fly by here on your way to heaven.
Dick I am sorry for your and her family’s loss. Hugs and kisses!

Robert Gantt

January 16, 2020

When I begin to remember my sis, my first memory will be love. She had plenty to give and she gave it. She was always my surrogate mother. Laughter we had plenty of it whenever we were together. It
was impossible not to have a good time. We played, laughed, had ice cream and watched movies.

We argued with the passion that we played. She would usually be serious but I was just trying to see if I could change her mind about any issue. When it was over, we laughed, had ice cream, played and watched movies.

Emma was a care giver, if somebody needed help she would be there. When finished giving the help required she would move on to the next one in need. Then we laughed, had ice cream, played and watched movies.

Until the day she died she laughed, had ice cream, played and listened to movies.

I will forever after miss the love, laughter, ice cream and movies with her. Goodbye sweet sister, love to eternity
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Judi Ragsdale

January 14, 2020

The world loses a bright, shining star with Emma’s passing. Her gentle, loving, caring spirit was shown in her everyday life and will be greatly missed. My condolences to all of the family.
Love and prayers,
Judi Ragsdale

Leslie Oestmann

January 14, 2020

My first memory of Aunt Emma was when she brought a huge stuffed animal bear (seemed like twice the size of me at the time) whom I called JoJo Bear. I loved that bear! I played tea parties with him (not sure why I thought that the Care Bear was a male), napped with him and even gave him his first haircut. I adored that teddy bear and am reminded of Aunt Emma and Uncle Dale when I visit my parents in Houston where JoJo Bear is still in my room!

My latest memory is in 2019 when I got to introduce my little Lincoln to Aunt Emma and the rest of his Aunties in Fresno. Oh what a joy it was to watch the Aunties and Grandmother watch our little joy of life play with balls, inspect every breakable item in each of their homes and count the porcelean doggies in Aunt Emma’s home. I will also cherish the “Friendship Quilt” with all of the ladies stories attached to this amazing stitching of love and memories.

Love,
Leslie

Dick Shelton

January 14, 2020

Love you always Sister-In-Law.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY