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Jeannette Shellum, 86

Jeannette Maxine Shellum, age 86, made the final passage to heaven on Oct. 23.

She was an extraordinary human being loved by all who met her. She raised the arts of mothering, grand mothering, and homemaking to a new high: and she wrote the book on unconditional love, the first and most important chapter of which would be entitled, "Never Break a Child's Spirit". We all learned very early that bad behavior, migraine headaches, upset stomachs, arthritis, sassy tongues and all of life's ills could all be blamed on the barometric pressure.

Jeannette loved a warm cup of Folger's coffee and playing cards with family and friends at Jordan Towers. She also enjoyed cooking and canning and going out to eat. Most of all she loved being surrounded by her family, which included 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren. In a fitting tribute to this remarkable woman, all of her children and grandchildren (and many of her great-grandchildren) participated in the 4 day vigil and surrounded her in a circle of love as she left this Earth.

She taught us so many things. She never had a bad day despite suffering the unimaginable losses of four of her children, one granddaughter and two grandsons. She never complained, and taught us that a positive attitude made life so much more fun and to always forgive. Her home was always open, and even when money was tight she offered food and hospitality freely with an open heart.

She was born at home Sept. 20, 1927, in Watonwan County, the daughter of John D. and Thea Amanda Brenden Anderson.

She attended school District 4 in Watonwan County, and graduated from the 8th grade. She worked at Harry's Caf and then at Tomico Plant in St. James. She married Arthur DeWall and he later died. She married Arol Shellum and they moved to Red Wing in 1957, where they owned and operated Arol's Bar. Arol died Aug. 8, 1981. After he died, Jeannette operated the bar until she sold it in 1986. She then enjoyed caretaking for many years, well into her 70's for a wonderful person, Pat Riegelman.

Surviving are four children: Cheryl (Don) Oliver of Red Wing, Larry (Colleen) DeWall of Dennison, Minn., Jill (Danny) Johnson of Red Wing, and Scott (Karleen) Shellum of Red Wing; nieces; nephews; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sons Duane DeWall, and Lynel DeWall; daughters Farryl Owens, and Judy Larson; grandchildren Kevin Owens, Jeffrey Owens, and Tammy DeWall. Also preceding her in death were brothers Ivan (Tudge) Anderson, Joseph (Opel) Anderson, Luverne (Eleanor) Anderson, and Donald (Zylpha) Anderson; and one sister, Donna (Herman) Schwieger.

A private service was held at United Lutheran Church on Oct. 29. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Red Wing Special Olympics.