Annabelle L. Shively: 1928 – 2010

Shively, AnnabelleAnnabelle L. Shively, 81, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Joe Shively, passed away at 8:35 a. m. on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. She had been in failing health for some time, and had entered the hospital on Friday.

Mrs. Shively was born on September 18, 1928 in Columbia City, a daughter of Ralph Donald and Faye Bonita (Clawson) Stickler, and spent her formative years there.

On January 4, 1947 she was united in marriage to Joe Shively. The couple spent most of their adult lives on the Shively Family farm in Smith Township, where she assisted her husband in the family farming operation. She was a member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren in Whitley County, where she was active as a superintendent and teacher.  In 2000 she was given the Unsung Hero Award for her selfless church work over the years, and in 2003 she received the Whitley County Heart of Gold Award.

The surviving relatives include her husband Joe, to whom she was married for 63 years; a daughter Robin (Rick) Plasterer of Churubusco; two sons Bradley R. (Deb Jackson) Shively and Byron R. Shively, both of Fort Wayne; her sister Jeanette Zumbrun of Columbia City; and her three beloved grandchildren Emily (K. J.) Mcaleesejergins of Nashville, Tenn., Philip Plasterer stationed in South Korea, and Sarah Shively of Fort Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, January 14,  in the Blue River Church of the Brethren, 3040 E   700 N, with Pastor Craig Alan Myers, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p. m. , or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Blue River Church of the Brethren Deacon’s Fund.


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12 Responses to “Annabelle L. Shively: 1928 – 2010”

  1. Sheryl and Steve Hackett Says:

    Robin and Family- I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s Passing, What a great women. There was never a time I did not see a wonderful welcoming smile on her face. Hold her memory close to your heart and she is with you always. You are all in my thoughts and prayers-
    Steve and Sheryl Hackett

  2. Myrna Geyer Bailey Says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ralph and Myrna Bailey

  3. Terry and Ginny Skiles Says:

    It was an honor to have known your Wife/ Mother/ Grandmother. You have our Deepest Sympathy. May God Bless You All. Terry and Ginny Skiles

  4. Carl & Patsy Koop Says:

    Joe & Family,
    We were sadden to hear of Annabelle’s passing. Even though we cannot be with you, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and give you peace.
    Carl & Patsy Koop

  5. Bernard & Catherine Wappes Says:

    To Joe and all the family, It was with sorrow that we read of Annabelle’s passing. You have our sympathy. We know she will be missed by all of you. Bernie and Catherine Wappes

  6. Michele Williams Says:

    Robin, Your Appleseed Quilters Guild friends send their deepest condolences to you on the passing of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Mark & Teresa McCoy Says:


    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. our thoughts are with you.

  8. Mama Evans Says:

    Dearest Robin.
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God’s blessings be with you in your time of sorrow.
    Love, Mama Evans

  9. Tisha Shively Cromwell Says:

    To Joe and all -

    I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Annabelle’s passing. Thinking about her brings back such good memories of spending time with you guys in the summers (so long ago!). When I think about all the good memories it’s overwhelming how much she’ll be missed.

  10. Daryl & Carolyn (Geiger) Erwin Says:

    Joe, Brad, Byron & Robin ~

    Our deepest sympathy to the Shively family in the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the special memories of your Wife, Mother and Grandmother.

    Thinking of You,
    Daryl & Carolyn Erwin
    Churubusco, IN

  11. Carmen Fitzpatrick Says:

    Robin and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. While I grieve with you, I also celebrate her life and love with you. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort and strength.
    My prayers and hugs are with you,
    Carmen Fitzpatrick

  12. ckrider,park friend Says:

    our deepest sympathy for your loss
    prayers for your focus on the years worth of loving
    memories centering around our precious LORD
    & SAVIOR
    may you all remain inHISgrip as healing begins,
    connie from many years ago

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