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Shandi Lee Sellars

November 12, 1986April 25, 2019
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Shandi Lee Sellars, 32, of Houston, passed away April 25, 2019 with her family and friends by her side. She was born November 12, 1986 to Mark and Ting Maddux in Provo, Utah.

Shandi graduated from Oak Ridge High School’s Academy of Science and Technology in 2004, received a BBA from Texas A&M University in 2007 and a Masters in Psychology from Saybrook University in 2011. Shandi married Jon Sellars in 2012.

Shandi was an amazing mother while balancing a successful career at Shell Oil Company. She was also a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend. As an avid traveler, she was able to visit 39 countries and always relished planning and looking forward to her next travel adventures. Shandi joined H-Town Crossfit in 2012 and consistently attended two classes a week. At Crossfit she developed a close-knit family of fellow athletes who supported her in completing both a marathon and a half-iron man, of which she was very proud. Shandi was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

Shandi is survived by her parents Mark and Ting, her husband Jon, her sisters Lanping and Waisha, and her step-daughters Jenna and Annabelle.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Shandi's honor to the Houston BARC Foundation. https://www.houstonbarcfoundation.org/how-to-help/memorial-gifts/

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, April 29, 2019

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Ashley Womack

May 1, 2019

Shandi always showed up. We are all here today because Shandi showed up for all of us in different ways. She was a supporter, a shoulder to cry on, an encourager and so much more. I came across a quote that perfectly describes our friendship: “The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.” There were many times during our friendship that Shandi was there for me: my wedding, my baby shower, when my children were born, and during great tragedy in my life.
3 years ago, I got a call from my dad that my mom had passed away after a long fight with breast cancer. I called Shandi immediately and told her the news. She asked if I needed her to come over and I said, no, I would be fine; I was just going to pack for my flight in the morning. 30 minutes later, she and Jon showed up on my doorstep. She knew that I needed her love and support, even when I was unable to admit I needed it. When we eventually scheduled the funeral, it was the same weekend that Shandi had planned to take Waisha on a trip to Florida to celebrate Waisha’s graduation. She moved heaven and earth to be there, rescheduling flights and changing plans. And this is what true friendship is: in all the chaos of life, you show up for the people you love, and that is exactly what Shandi always did.
I’m sure each one of you has similar stories of how she loved and supported you, how she showed up when you needed it. Now, she needs us to show up more than ever. She needs us to show up on holidays, on birthdays, and in the quiet moments months from now when the shock has worn off and her loved ones are struggling to find their new normal.
Shandi, our commitment to you is this: we will show up for Jon, for Jenna, for Annabelle, for Mark and Ting, for Lanping, and for Waisha.

Shiuh Dong Lee

May 1, 2019

Shandi was bitten by a rabbit when her grandfather took her to a kindergarten in Taiwan. I was not there, yet I knew she was brave not to have cried for long.
A family picnic in the Grand Canyon area where Shandi was using physical fitness equipment. She was as agile as a gibbon and managed to move her body forward very quickly. She was so athletic at 8. I heard from Ting that Shandi like sports. It was not until now that I learned she completed a whole Marathon.
Shandi enjoyed speaking Mandarin with a family member in Taiwan. I would compliment her as a truly bilingual person when I found that she rarely quit even with cross-cultural new words.
Shandi traveled to Taiwan so many times to visit her mother's hometown. She never hesitates to express her gratitude for food, gift, and people she met. Her multinational personality transcended nationality.
In her life, Shandi fulfilled her roles in every aspect. Her happiness with Jon was indeed shining when I first met and talked with him.
Deep in my heart, Shandi is still a little girl. My wife and I took two girls to visit Disneyland in 1995. The memory is a bit vague, but not to fade away. Shandi has always been a little angel in our heart and will always be

Shiuh Dong Lee

May 1, 2019

Shandi was bitten by a rabbit when her grandfather took her to a kindergarten in Taiwan. I was not there, yet I knew she was brave not to have cried for long.
A family picnic in the Grand Canyon area where Shandi was as agile as a gibbon and managed to move her body forward very quickly. She was so athletic at 8. I heard from Ting that Shandi like sports. It was not until now that I learned. She completed a whole Marathon.
Shandi enjoyed speaking Mandarin with a family member in Taiwan. I would compliment her as a true bilingual when I found that she rarely quit even with cross-cultural new words.
Shandi traveled to Taiwan so many times to visit her mother's hometown. She never hesitates to express her gratitude for food, gift, and people she met. Her multinational personality transcended nationality.
In her life, Shandi fulfilled her roles in every aspect. Her with Jon was indeed shiny when I first met and talked with him.
Deep in my heart, Shandi is still a little girl. My wife and I took two girls to visit Disneyland in 1995.
The memory is a bit vague, but not to fade away. Shandi has always been a little angel in own heart and will always be.

Ber Aranda

April 30, 2019

Shandi is a bright light shining in our lives. I will celebrate her kindness and generosity, share her contagious laughter and always cherish her memory! Long live Shandi! :>

Destiny Bolinger

April 29, 2019

One of my favorite memories of Shandi is the time we had a family campout in Colorado. It was cold. I'm pretty sure it snowed almost every day. Everyone spent most of the time inside by the fire. Not Shandi. She was determined to catch a fish. She would stand by the pond fishing until an adult made her come in. I don't think she caught any.
Her determination wasn't limited to fishing. She knew what she wanted and went for it. Measly snow or other challenges didn't stop her from doing great things. Her determination and abounding love encourages me to be a better sister, daughter, and friend.

Delores Englett

April 29, 2019

I worked with Shandi at Shell. Even though I was much older than she we became friends and shared many good lunches together. Shandi was smart, kind and beautiful on the inside and out. She worked to do the right thing and had the courage to speak her mind when she discovered corrections that were necessary. I had great respect for Shandi. She loved all the members of her family dearly and was excited to be the stepmother for two little darling girls. She leaves a hole in our world today!! RIP Shandi Lee Sellars

Yihang Ding

April 29, 2019

Shandi is the one that my wife Lanping and Waisha always look up to in their lives. Not only because she is the older sister but she cares, loves and protects both of them. I have heard so many fun childhood stories about Shandi and her sisters throughout those years. She was a natural leader and protective to her sisters when they were young. She shows infinite love to everyone in her daily life. She worked for animal shelters often on the weekend. She has a big heart.
She joined every family members trip whenever she can, even she is tie up with loads of work and with a duty of mother of two beautiful girls. She just wants to be there for you in all important family events. She cherishes and preserves good moments in life. She juggling all roles as good wife, good daughter, good mother and good friend in her days. She is the one that I admire too in my life and will continue to look up as role model of loving and kind to everyone. Our kids is missing a great aunt in their lives and I am missing an incredible sister in law in my life.
You will be missed and forever remembered till we meet again.

Michaela Larsen

April 29, 2019

I looked up to Shandi as an older sister figure in my college years when I became close friends with Lanping. Shandi was so graceful and classy, and fun, and smart. She was so nice to us younger friends of her sister even though she seemed so much more mature. Besides the times I was around Shandi, I also saw her through Lanping's eyes because I heard much about her. Without any older sisters of my own, she took on for me the kind of mystique that older sisters have. I admired her, I thought, from what would be a distance, but then she seemed to care about me, and invited me in, and I could see through that how much she loved Lanping. I will always remember her beauty-- outer and inner-- and try to emulate her kindness and gracefulness and passion. I mourn for her family.
I love you all Madduxes. I am praying for you.

Erin Evans

April 28, 2019

How I have always loved and admired the Maddux Family. My heart is so heavy in sorrow for all of you. I never got to really know Shandi as personally as I did others in the family. However, I have very found memories of watching and observing her and her interactions with her sisters. It was in watching Shandi that made me feel giddy with joy as I looked forward to seeing my girls growing up and being super sweet and fun sisters. Looking forward to their many adventures together. It was watching her lead by example with this quiet strength in Sacrament that helped me to reflect on my role as a mother. Seeing how much Waisha and Lanping loved her...and her them was such tender moments to witness.
I have respected and loved their incredibly special bond. I loved seeing from a distance her continue to grow into this Amazingly strong Women, leader, Mother and wife. Her legacy that will be shared on this earth will be everlasting. I will continue to pray that her loved ones will feel the arms of angels...both seen and unseen...holding them up to give them strength to endure this incredible loss.
You are a bright light Shandi that will forever be guiding your loved ones until the moment you will embrace again.
All our love, Erin Evans and Family.

Juan & Pi-yun Wu

April 28, 2019

No matter where Shandi is, she's always an angel in our heart. Love you, Shandi.

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Biography

Shandi Lee Sellars, 32, of Houston, passed away April 25, 2019 with her family and friends by her side. She was born November 12, 1986 to Mark and Ting Maddux in Provo, Utah.

Shandi graduated from Oak Ridge High School’s Academy of Science and Technology in 2004, received a BBA from Texas A&M University in 2007 and a Masters in Psychology from Saybrook University in 2011. Shandi married Jon Sellars in 2012.

Shandi was an amazing mother while balancing a successful career at Shell Oil Company. She was also a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend. As an avid traveler, she was able to visit 39 countries and always relished planning and looking forward to her next travel adventures. Shandi joined H-Town Crossfit in 2012 and consistently attended two classes a week. At Crossfit she developed a close-knit family of fellow athletes who supported her in completing both a marathon and a half-iron man, of which she was very proud. Shandi was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

Shandi is survived by her parents Mark and Ting, her husband Jon, her sisters Lanping and Waisha, and her step-daughters Jenna and Annabelle.