Shelby M. Chaffin

June 6, 1966March 16, 2020

Shelby M. Chaffin, 53, died March 16th, 2020 at her home in Kearney, Missouri.

Shelby was born on June 6th, 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri to Carolyn Laree Worth. At the age of 1, she was legally adopted by the only father she has ever known and needed in her life, Donald P. McCall (Sonny). Carolyn and Don raised Shelby in Gladstone, Missouri where she attended Oak Park High School (Class of 1984).

She met her husband and high school sweet-heart, Don Chaffin, at Oak Park High School, and the two were married in 1984. Shelby was well known and very liked by everyone she met. She was known for being one of the most caring and loving people ever. She was a 2nd mom to many of her son’s friends. She raised children that were not hers. She bought Christmas presents for kids who had none. She welcomed any and all, no questions asked. Shelby’s greatest accomplishment was taking care of everyone she encountered. She was a spunky, feisty, and very loving soul.

Shelby and Don raised their two children, Tyler and Nick, in Kansas City North. Shelby is preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Laree McCall. She is survived by her husband, Don Chaffin, two sons, Tyler and Nicholas Chaffin, grandson Landon Chaffin and their dog, Hooch. She is also survived by her only father, Donald P. McCall, brother Corey McCall, sister Megan Krohne, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles an abundance of cousins and countless friends.

Shelby will be buried at White Chapel in Gladstone, Missouri. Details for Celebration of Life on The Hill will be released in the coming weeks so that all of Shelby’s friends and families can attend. We are tentatively looking at Saturday, June 6, 2020, which would have been Shelby’s 54th birthday. Details will be available on the Facebook page “In Loving Memory of Shelby Chaffin”.


  • Donald Phillip McCall, Father
  • Carolyn Laree (Worth) McCall, Mother (deceased)
  • Donald Chaffin, Husband
  • Tyler Chaffin, Son
  • Nicholas Chaffin, Son
  • Landon Chaffin, Grandson
  • Corey McCall, Brother
  • Megan Krohne, Sister

  • Tyler Chaffin
  • Joe Ragusa
  • Tony Ragusa
  • Corey McCall
  • Shea McCall
  • George Heath


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Shelby M. Chaffin

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Staci Watson

March 23, 2020

Don McCall,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are such an amazing man and to hear of your loss is heart wrenching.

My condolences,
Staci Watson
Don and Bobbi Hutchison’s daughter

Kimberly Noah-Gordanier

March 21, 2020

Shelby was my first locker partner at Oak Park High School. We’ recently caught up at our 35th class reunion. Shelby and I laughed many times over the years always about how I caught mono in high school and then she became ill too. She had such an infectious laugh and cared deeply for family as well as friends. Rest In Peace old friend! Thoughts and prayers always for her family. Always cherish your memories and keep them alive!


March 20, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the entire family of Shelby. I remember her as a sweet child, a playmate of my daughter. Her parent's Carolyn and Don McCall were the best. My heart is broken for the loss of such a wonderful young woman, and my prayers are offered for the family.
Pat Dugan Medill, longtime friend of the McCalls.