OBITUARY

Roma E. Shults

January 23, 1924May 12, 2019

Roma E. Shults, 95, passed away on May 12, 2019. Roma and her twin brother Richard were born at home on January 23, 1924 in Hesston, KS to Mary and W.W. Stratton. Graduating in the class of '42 from Newton High School, she began her life's journey. In 1948, she met and married her lifelong love and husband Homer Leon (Lee) Shults. Once they started a family, Roma devoted herself to raising children-- until her children began arriving home late on the school bus. After a dare from the school superintendent to help relieve a driver shortage, in 1964 she became the first woman bus driver in the Goddard schools. After breaking that glass ceiling, she moved on to work as an accountant for 18 years at Martin K Eby Construction Co. Upon retiring, Roma and Lee enjoyed road trips, grandchildren, and volunteering. Roma lived a full life and left earth prepared to meet her Savior, Jesus. She is survived by their son Chris (Jana), daughter Ruth (Charles) and daughter-in-law Jane Freed (Mike), sister Wilma Rife, grandsons Daniel (Kara), Gabriel (Amanda), Kyle (April) and Todd (Anaïs) Shults, granddaughter Jennifer Miller (Dan), eight great grandchildren, and one more on the way. Her family and many dear friends will greatly miss her love and wisdom. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee and son Mark, her parents, three brothers and two sisters. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Goddard Methodist Church, the Goddard Education Foundation (https://www.goddardef.org), or the charity of your choice. Roma’s funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, May 17th at the Goddard United Methodist Church, 300 N. Cedar, Goddard, KS, with a visitation 1-hr prior. Pastor John Martyn will officiate.

  • FAMILY

  • Roma is survived by her son Chris (Jana), daughter Ruth (Charles) and daughter-in-law Jane Freed (Mike), sister Wilma Rife, grandsons Daniel (Kara), Gabriel (Amanda), Kyle (April) and Todd (Anaïs) Shults, granddaughter Jennifer Miller (Dan), eight great grandchildren, and one more on the way. Her family and many dear friends will greatly miss her love and wisdom. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee and son Mark, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Daniel Miller, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Shults, Pallbearer
  • Gabriel Shults, Pallbearer
  • Todd Shults, Pallbearer
  • Kyle Shults, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Miller , Pallbearer
  • Kurt Rife, Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019

Memories

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Rachel Jeter

May 15, 2019

My Great Aunt Roma was so loved and loved others deeply in return. One of my favorite memories was dressing up in Roma’s square dancing skirts and heels. I would then square dance (twirl) around the den with her and Uncle Lee as a child. So blessed to forever have that memory. Love you family and thinking of you all. Love, Rachel

Christina Patty

May 14, 2019

We loved Roma and will forever miss her beautiful smile and her laughter. The gatherings will never be the same without her. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with her and her family. John and Tina

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY