Esther Eva Pulley Shelton passed away early Thurs. morning January 3, 2002 in American Fork, Utah at age 93.
She was born April 17, 1908 at the family home in northeast American Fork adjacent to the present site of the Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple. She was the 10th child of Andrew William and Emma Louise Pulley, and the sole survivor of her family after the death of her brother John, at age 103, in November 2001.
Esther spent the majority of her life in American Fork and was extremely proud of her native roots in the community. Her education was received in American Fork schools, Brigham Young University and Henager Business College. Esther married Andy Shelton of Lehi March 19, 1931 in Bountiful, Utah. The marriage was later solemnized in the Provo, Utah LDS Temple. To this union four children were born: Joyce Shelton, Janet Ann Shelton Luke, Andrew Pulley Shelton and Norma Jean Shelton. After their marriage, Andy's engineering work took the family to Washington state during World War II, where he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission. After the war the family returned to Utah and settled in American Fork. Andy passed away in 1978.
Esther was a remarkable person and to the end she was very lucid and always ready for a discussion of politics, religion, current events, family, etc. Her failing vision in later years prevented her continuing her hand and needle work and this was frustrating to her as was her deteriorating health problems. She leaves a legacy to her posterity of the ethics of hard work, education, selflessness, family unity and spirituality.
Esther's surviving family members include children: Joyce and Ken Taylor, American Fork, UT; Janet Luke, Phoenix, AZ; Dr. Andrew and Catherine Shelton, Las Vegas NV; grandchildren, Jane Taylor (David) Phillips, AZ; Karen Taylor (Dr. Michael) Smith, AZ; Glenn (Jill) Taylor, NC; Ted (PJ) Luke,TX; David (Lee-Ann) Luke, AZ; John (Jennifer) Luke, CO; Major Steven (Amy) Luke, Spain; Andrew Gregory (Susan) Shelton, UT; Robert (Maribel) Shelton, NV; Suzanne Shelton, TX; Pam (Tassos) Panagakos, NV; Heather Margaret Armstrong, Canada; Rich Kaylor, Great-grandchildren: Todd, Eric and Kelsey Phillips; Kari Smith Cook, Kristin, Kenna, Kelli and Matthew Smith; Jessup, Kate, Andrew and Reese Taylor; Ryan, Lauren and Scott Luke; Krista, David, Spencer, Ruth and Zane Luke; Andrew, Grace, Jack, and Taylor Luke; Ellen, Alex and Laura Luke; Katherine, Madeline, Kent and Haven Shelton; Alexa, Dillon and Jacob Shelton; Mickey Ray Mueller; Alyssa Panagakos. She was preceded in death by her husband Andy, her daughter Norma Jean and great-granddaughter Tori Phillips.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Esther's compassionate caregivers, Bee Hive Homes (Paula, Dennis and staff) and VistaCare Hospice (Leann Jackson).
Funeral services will be Monday Jan. 7, 2001 at 11 a.m. in the American Fork 5th Ward chapel, 381 S. 300 E., American Fork. A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E. 100 N., American Fork, and on Monday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial, American Fork Cemetery.