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Betty J. Shackelford

August 27, 1942 ~ September 5, 2018 (age 76)

Betty J. Shackelford, 76, Kokomo, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at her home. She was born August 27, 1942, Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Samuel and Mildred (Haynes) Shackelford.

She was a 1960 graduate of Warren Central High School, in Indianapolis, and attended Hanover College, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Phi Sorority. Betty graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965 and received her Master’s degree from Ball State in 1968. She had taught social studies, world history, and economics at Maconaquah until her retirement in 2004. While at Maconaquah, Betty received Economic Education Mini-Grants from the Indiana Department of Education in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In 1992, she had the opportunity to work on a revision of the AP Workbook for Economics during a workshop at Purdue University.

Betty was a dedicated member of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and volunteered in the Buddy Bag Ministry as well as the shoe drive. Her other memberships include Kokomo Piecemakers Quilting Guild, where she served seven years as the quilt show chairperson and was responsible for getting their 501c3 classification. She also served as the first vice president of Willowridge Homeowners Association and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority.

Survivors include a  sister, Carol Hollingsworth and husband David of Carmel, IN; one brother, James Shackelford and wife Sharon of Greenwood, IN; one niece, Lia Walther and husband Neil; two nephews, Scott Hollingsworth and wife Susie, and Scott Shackelford and wife Emily; as well as ten great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service celebrating Betty’s life will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, Jefferson Street Chapel, 414 West Jefferson Street with Pastor Joyce Harris officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church to be designated for the Ethiopian Kitchen or the Buddy Bag Program as well as the Kokomo Humane Society. Messages of condolence may be left at

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