PAULDING - Lessie Shelton, age 98, passed away on Wednesday, January 5 at Vancrest of Van Wert.

Lessie was born on Dec. 5, 1923 in Lincoln County, WV to the late Albert and Weltha (Nelson) Rakes. On Sept. 9, 1944, she married Goza Shelton who preceded her death in 2007. Lessie was a member of Oakwood Church of Christ. She spent her life providing a loving home for her family.

Lessie is survived by her two daughters: Gail (Alvin) Gribble, Grover Hill and Terri (Marty) Lewis, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren: Neal (Kate) Gribble; Mike (Shelly) Gribble; Eric (Holly) Baer; Trent (Chrissy) Kreischer; Jared Lewis; Natalie Lewis and Wesley Lewis; two step-grandchildren: Mary Wreede and Kelly Klausing; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Lessie is also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Kreischer, grandson, Jeffrey Sean Baer, and brother, Jessie Rakes.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Latty Township.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lessie’s name to EverHeart Hospice, 835 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Ohio 45331 or Vancrest of Van Wert Activity Fund, 10357 Van Wert-Decatur Rd., Van Wert, Ohio 45891.

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