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George F. Shelton
A celebration of life was held Saturday at the College Avenue Congregational Church in Modesto for George Feland Shelton, 82, of Modesto. He died Jan. 24, 2011 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson.

Born in 1928 in Orrville, Ohio to A.L. and Dabney Shelton, George grew up in Charleston, SC, with brother, Charles. He graduated from Porter Military Academy in 1946 and Clemson University in 1951 after which time he joined the military. While serving as an army officer in Berlin after World War II, George met and married the love of his life, Mary Rose Swadell. George taught social studies for the Modesto City Schools for 38 years, 34 of which were at La Loma Junior High School. Early in his teaching career, George and Mary Rose took their three children to France when he earned a teaching assignment at Fountainbleau with the U.S. Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools. After their children were grown, George was posted for three years in Heidelberg, Germany, also as DoDDs educators. In 1985, he moved from Modesto to Twain Harte, where he was a volunteer teacher at Belleview School for 18 years. George was a longtime member of College Avenue Congregational Church and enjoyed traveling to six continents, history, watching the History Channel, reading history books, being in nature, gardening, and hiking.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Rose Shelton, of Hughson; children Mark Shelton of San Luis Obispo, Eric Shelton of Modesto, and Sally Shelton of Bloomington, Minn.; his brother, Charles Shelton of Virginia; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Remembrances may be sent to American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 3440 McHenry Ave., Suite A12, Modesto, CA 95350; or to the George Shelton Memorial Fund, c/o La Loma Jr. High School, 1800 Encina Ave., Modesto CA 95354.

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-Ceres Courier/ February 2, 2011