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RoseMarie Shelton was born to Victor Marek and Frieda Klitsch Marek in Yoakum, Texas on December 13, 1934. RoseMarie died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on the afternoon of August 6, 2023 at the age of 88.
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RoseMarie Shelton was born to Victor Marek and Frieda Klitsch Marek in Yoakum, Texas on December 13, 1934. RoseMarie died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on the afternoon of August 6, 2023 at the age of 88.
"Tootsie" Marek grew up on a small farm as the fifth in a family of six children. She moved to Victoria, TX to pursue her high school education, where she met and married the love of her life, Tobie Edward Shelton. After 40 happy years of marriage, RoseMarie lost her beloved Tobie to cancer in 1982, yet she continued to carry and share his memory throughout her life. She would often tell stories, remembering their wedding, an out-of-town elopement on March 17, 1952, or the fond memory of witnessing his tears of joy upon hearing the news of their firstborn son. RoseMarie was a woman of character and integrity. She had a clear set of values and lived by them always.
RoseMarie's family was the most important thing to her, as evidenced by her active role in their lives all her days. She raised her four children in Austin and sought an at-home job in clothes ironing so that she could stay close to them. She loved her family through her cooking; hot meals every night for her children while growing up, and large family gatherings with elaborate meals for each holiday, full of family favorites, including an assortment of desserts. She was intentional and never forgot a birthday for any family member. She would call you the first thing that morning and send a birthday card that somehow miraculously arrived in the mail on the exact day. She never missed an opportunity to be there for her children or grandchildren.
RoseMarie was fiercely independent and an incredibly diligent worker. She prided herself in always maintaining her own source of income and quality in her work - starting in her early years working at a soda fountain to ironing and eventually working for Southwestern Bell for over 25 years. Even after retirement, she kept busy by working in the local middle school cafeteria where she loved and cared for the children she served.
RoseMarie loved the outdoors, from her childhood picking cotton to playing tennis in her youth, and a lifetime of long daily walks. She maintained a beautiful yard where vegetable and rose gardens thrived for many years.
RoseMarie is preceded in death by her husband, Tobie Shelton Sr., son, Lonnie Shelton, and grandson, Shane Shelton. She is survived by her children, Tobie (Johnna) Shelton Jr., Pamela (Michael) Kelley, Kerrie (Sharon) Shelton, grandchildren, Ashley Shelton, Caleb (Aimee) Kelley, Avery (Jeff) Markim, Carson (Clara) Kelley, Kaley (Scott) Sklar, Addison Shelton, Cassidy Kelley, Andrew Shelton; and great-grandchildren, Lila Magown, Eli Magown, Cash Markim, Luke Markim, and Kacy Markim.
RoseMarie will be laid to rest next to her husband Tobie at the Live Oak Cemetery.
RoseMarie loved telling stories of her life. Many of them have become old family favorites, but some, she only shared with a select few. We ask you to please share any of your memories, stories, and thoughts - as we celebrate RoseMarie's life together.
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