Shelby Ann Slaughter

October 23, 1998September 28, 2020

Shelby Ann Slaughter, 21 of Mechanicsville, VA passed away on Monday September 28th, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She was born on October 23rd, 1998 in Spotsylvania, VA the daughter of Tom and Mary Slaughter and loving sister to Jackson Slaughter and Thomas Slaughter.

Shelby was fierce and determined, accepting each challenge with courage. She was kind and funny with a silly, sometimes outrageous personality. She loved to cook and was a natural in the kitchen always willing to try out a new recipe. She loved the beach and was happiest being with her family and friends, listening to music, shopping or just driving around.

She is remembered by friends as a “phenomenal, caring girl full of laughter and joy with a constant smile on her face. She was beautiful inside and out. It is no doubt that everyone in this world needed Shelby as their friend, it was a gift to have her in my life”

When you think of Shelby, celebrate the good memories you have and her lovely caring heart. She would want us to remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Shelby is survived by her parents, Mary and Tom Slaughter and brothers, Jackson and Thomas Slaughter of Mechanicsville, VA. Grandparents John and Sharon Todd of Reno NV. Grandmother Ellen Swain of Grandy, NC and many loving aunts, uncles & cousins.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, October 8th from 4 to 6pm at Woody Funeral Home, Atlee Chapel located at 9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

Funeral Services will begin at 11am on Friday, October 9 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead Street in Ashland, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Shelby’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 888-557-7177


  • Mary and Tom Slaughter, Parents
  • Jackson and Thomas Slaughter, Brothers
  • John and Sharon Todd, Grandparents
  • Ellen Swain, Grandmother
  • Many Loving, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020


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John Todd

October 19, 2020

I am Shelby's Grandfather, lovingly I think, referred to as Grumpy. Altho we were separated by some 3000 miles, I had the good fortune to visit with her several weeks before her passing. She was a strong, funny and clever girl with more energy than one can imagine. Shelby shouldered her way through the devastating illness that took her from us at an age that was much too early. I called her "My She Warrior". She never lost her energy or sweet disposition, and I, as well as the rest of her family, friends and all who she touched, will miss her tremendously. She is in a better place, but the world is not a better place for her leaving.
Rest in Peace sweet Shelby, we will always remember you.

Roger and Pam Hector

October 8, 2020

Shelby and Jackson stayed on our farm in Southeast Nebraska for 2 weeks one summer. I can't remember the year but Shelby was 12 or 13. Jackson was always off with my husband so Shelby got to help her Aunt Pammie. That year I had a big garden that was producing quite well. I had planted several rows of green beans that were producing alot.
Shelby, and my sister Jo would help pick the beans in the morning before it got too hot. Joie would say "Put your green bean eye on Shelby, they are hard to see". I don't really think Shelby liked picking the beans but she did. By the time she was ready to go home I had given her the name of "My Green Bean Queen!". She was a great help and I enjoyed her company, smiles and laughter that summer.
Shelby will forever be in our hearts!
With Love, Aunt Pammie Hector

Celia Hansen

October 8, 2020

I remember Shelby at our family reunion in Iowa and how closely she and my granddaughter Chloe bonded. They were always together, off doing their stuff..... She was a very lovely and brave girl.

Jo Hansen

October 7, 2020

Shelby and Jackson spent several weeks with me while I was living in Nebraska. I cherish the time we spent together. My sorrow for her loss is overwhelming. My condolences to Shelby's family.
With love and light...Jo Hansen

Carolyn Paine

October 6, 2020

I never knew Shelby, but I read the obituary, and I was blessed by it.

The Bible verse you used is so appropriate. She sure does have a bright future in Heaven.

Thank you for sharing Shelby's life with us.

Lynn O'Flaherty

October 6, 2020

I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Shelby before she passed. I told her how very proud I was of her for being so strong and brave; for just being such an awesome person; beautiful inside and out. She responded with "Thank you, do not be sad." Incredible. Such a sweet and gracious soul. May you rest in Peace Shelby.

Kathleen Landers

October 5, 2020

I wish I was lucky enough to have had more time with Shelby. Her Mother Mary is my very best friend since we were 4 years old. I remember how excited Mary was when she had a baby girl. Mary always talked about Shelby with so much love and admiration. I remember flying to VA to surprise Mary on her 40th birthday and we went shopping. Shelby got a new pair of shoes, she was so cute how excited she got and she wanted me to take a picture of them haha... She was so sweet and she grew up with a heart just like her Mama. Mary was always my calm in the storm. Something about the two of them that makes you grateful they are a part of your life, and ALWAYS will be.

Brooke Kemp

October 4, 2020

Last September when I first announced having AML to the public world a friend had reached out saying her sisters friend had been recently diagnosed with the same disease. Shelby and I have talked every week since the first day she reached out. She was a calm in my storm. She was informational. She let me ask the most awkward and hilarious questions. She was inspiring and so resilient. She was my go to person. We met because of unfortunate circumstances but our friendship flourished into something greater. She supported me even while she was fighting her own demon. We laughed and cried together. We bonded over our most vulnerable times. Everyone needs a Shelby in their life. I’m glad to have met such a beautiful soul.
I will miss you Shelby. You are so loved.

Katherine Qreitem

October 4, 2020

Shelby was the light at the end of my dark tunnel. She was the only person I wanted to run and tell everything too. I met Shelby when I was in 4th grade. My brother and Thomas were friends and tried to introduce us. I was so shy and didn’t want to come out of the house, but Shelby made everything okay. She was calm, friendly, and welcoming. Shelby and I grew closer over the years. That calm little girl I once knew became fun, crazy, and full of the best energy. The type of energy everyone needs. If everyone could have a Shelby in their life the world would be a much better place. My heart aches with her passing, but I will forever honor her loving beautiful soul. She is and will always be my very best friend, and I will never forget that. I love you Shelby. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is. I’ll see you again one day my guardian angel ❤️
Forever and Always,


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