Betty J. Shackelford

Born: Thu., Aug. 27, 1942
Died: Wed., Sep. 5, 2018


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 09, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Jefferson Street Chapel

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Sep. 09, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Jefferson Street Chapel

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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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Ruth Wood
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018
Heaven is celebrating Betty's arrival but we will miss her so very much. Her beautiful smile and sweet spirit has blessed us so much and she was an inspiration to me personally. Forever in my heart and memory.
Prayers for comfort and peace to her dear family. Deepest Sympathy.
Ruth Wood and her FEPC family.

Craig Hanson
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018
Saddened to hear of Miss Shacklford’s passing. She was my American History teacher her first year at MHS. I went on to Minor in history at Indiana State, and tapped that information often in a 35 year career in the Army—25 active service and 10 as a civilian intelligence analyst. Miss S was a well prepared, patient, and forebearing soul in the classroom, and I credit her for enforcing an extant interest in history on my part which I tapped often during the course of 11 years spent serving overseas—1 in Korea, 8 in Germany, and 2 in Moscow, Russia. I tried to reach out to her via the Maconaquah website when I heard of her retirement nearly 15 years ago. I hope she received it. I was much more well-written back during my working days. Rest In Peace, Miss S.

Lori Norwood Haynes
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018
This makes me so sad because Miss Shackelford was my favorite teacher of all time. I was talking about her just last week to a friend. I said that if the kids today had Shack, they would have a more realistic view of how to spend their money. I also shared the story of how the kids in my class (1991) decided to make it a running prank to steal her stapler. She finally, after the 20th time, understandably lost her temper and was then dubbed "the staple monster". She actually found it quite funny afterword's. I spent 2 years as her room assistant and went to dinner with her on many occasions. We spent time talking about all the amazing quotes she kept posted in her room. We talked about the people who wrote them and what they meant. When my perspective husband-to-be did not show up for our Economics class pseudo-wedding, she looked at me and said sadly, "I'm sorry but it appears you've been left at the alter." I jokingly responded, "Do I get a refund on the deposits I made for the wedding?' She started laughing and said, "Finally, someone who understands the whole point of this class!" She was a great lady who inspired me to think more deeply about things. Yes, she could be strict and stern but there was a heart of gold behind the serious exterior. She was simply passionate about students learning and for that, I thank her.

Khristie Worl
   Posted Fri September 07, 2018
This is truly heartbreaking to hear! I completely agree with Lori Norwood Haynes sentiment. . . we were in the same graduating class at MHS. Miss Shackelford was a great teacher! I remember that she had a quote on her chalkboard for a long time that said "There is no such thing as a free lunch!" As a stubborn teenager I'd debate this quote with her. Why? Because I obtained free breakfast, lunch and dinner from my parents!!! DUH! . . . . Skip to my mid twenties I ran into Shack at Meijer in Kokomo. The greeting was one of elation, I hugged her and said "I GET IT. . . There IS No such thing as a FREE Lunch!!!" She laughed we talked, reminisced and it was wonderful to run into her from time to time! She will be missed but her teachings go on forever! <3 <3 My deepest condolences to her family and friends!!!

A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Sat September 08, 2018
It is obvious from the many kind expressions that Mrs. Shackelford will be sadly missed by all who knew her. May you find comfort in knowing death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed! His words are clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
As you know, Jesus guaranteed the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), he performed resurrections and was himself resurrected by his Father. All resurrections took place on earth, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.... seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Until his promises are fulfilled, may Jehovah God continue to bless & comfort you now and in the days ahead as you cherish the many fond memories of Mrs. Shackelford.....

Greg Walden
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
My prayers and condolences to the friends, family, and students/former students for Ms. Shackelford.

I was a student of Ms. Shackelford in 1988 as a senior at Maconaquah High School. She was an awesome teacher and the school was blessed to have such a wonderful educator on their staff.

fred c. odiet
   Posted Wed September 12, 2018
I will miss Betty as a friend, a devout church member, fellow small group member and a jolly good conversationalist. I only knew her after she was no longer teach, but I believe I would be a lot smarter had she been my teacher. Bless you, my friend. Fred O

Pet Sitter. Margaret Stafford
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
I just saw the obit in the Prespective. I am so sorry. Her poor puppies are lost with our her. Again so sorry, I thought she was getting better! Margaret