Shelley Ann Statler, nee Longcor, of Cuba, MO was born on Sunday, August 5, 1951, in Burlington, IA to Oliver Bertram Longcor and Bonnie Savage Longcor. She passed away at Phelps Health Hospital in Rolla, MO on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the age of 69 years, 10 months and eleven days.
Shelley grew up in Burlington, IA and graduated from Burlington High School in 1970. She married her first husband, Michael E. Sink, Sr. on August 7, 1970, and to this union four children were born. She worked for 10 years as a welder during the day at J. I. Case Company, a manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment, and as a bartender in the evening.
She married her second husband, James “Larry” Statler on April 23, 1988 in Blytheville, AR. They added another daughter to their family and continued raising the children. They lived in Blytheville for 29 years and were members of New Liberty Baptist Church. They then moved to Russellville, AR and lived there for 4 years. They recently moved to Cuba this past January as her health declined.
Shelley enjoyed crocheting blankets, crafting baskets with lace and bears and making jewelry. She even owned her own earring shop for a few years. She loved getting flowers, reading, and traveling, especially to Branson where she enjoyed seeing the shows and sights. She also adored spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Bonnie Longcor; brother Randy Longcor; brother-in-law Kenny Harryman; special aunt Doris DeFose; and special cousin Gary DeFose.
She is survived by her husband James Statler; two sons Michael E. Sink Jr. of Russellville, AR and Jason (Stacey) Sink of Burlington, IA; three daughters Sarah (Danny) Casey of Blytheville, AR, Michelle (John) Kibling of Burlington, IA and Tammy (Thomas) Hughes of Cuba, MO; one sister Linda Harryman of Burlington, IA; 31 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family has chosen cremation as her final disposition. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
All arrangements were under the care of Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, MO.
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