Patricia Ann "Pat" Shackelford, age 73, a longtime resident of Lee's Summit, Mo., entered her heavenly home on May 10, 2009, following a valiant eight-year battle with multiple myeloma. Visitation began at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service celebrating Pat's life at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, May 15, at the Park Lawn Chapel, Hillcrest Road at 83rd Street, Kansas City, Mo. Burial followed in the Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Pat's memory with a contribution to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129.
Pat was born May 29, 1935, in Wheaton, Mo., the eldest of two daughters of L. E. and Susie (Cooper) Sapp. She was preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson Rylan James Sutherland. Pat grew up on a farm in Exeter, Mo., graduated from Exeter High School and then Draughon's Business School, in Springfield, Mo. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1956. She was an accountant for the former Western Electric (later AT&T), for 25 years prior to her retirement in 1989. Following retirement, she pursued her passion for genealogy, and served as volunteer coordinator and later educational director and speaker for the National Archives Central Plaines Region until 1998. She is a member, and served as president for two years, of the Missouri State Genealogical Society. She also enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Lee's Summit Quilters' Guild and had a quilt featured on the cover of Traditional Quilt Works Magazine in 2002. Pat was a member of the Lee's Summit Baptist Church over 40 years. Along with her husband Bob, Pat was active in his many Shrine activities. She was a member of the Ararat Shrine Greeterettes and Needle Guild.
Pat's survivors include: her husband, Robert G. "Shack" Shackelford, of the home; her two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Julie Sutherland, of Summerville, S.C., and Terry and Debbie Sutherland. of Greenwood, Mo.; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Earl Adams, who still reside on the family farm in Exeter, Mo.; three grandchildren, Suzy, Josh and Theron; as well as her beloved great- granddaughter, Thalia. She also leaves Bob's sons, Tim Smith, of Clyde, Texas, and Thornton (and wife Jennifer) Shackelford, of Stillwater, Okla., and their families, as well as many other beloved relatives and friends.