Luella M. Shackelford

MENDOTA - Luella Mary (Fouth) Shackelford, 88, of Mendota, formerly of LaMoille, passed away Jan. 29, 2019 at the Mendota Lutheran Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru with Pastor Kevin Weeks of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarion officiating. Burial will follow at Peru City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Luella was born July 2, 1930 at People’s Hospital, Peru to Arthur William and Rose (Hahn) Fouth. She married Ronald Shackelford, Sr. on April 28, 1968. 

Survivors include her three step-children, Carollyn Shackelford of Henderson, Nev., Ronald (Dorothy) Shackelford Jr. of Tacoma, Wash. and Laurie Shackelford of Yelm, Wash.; one sister, Adella Timm of Mendota; eight nieces and nephews, Ron (Melissa) Fetzer of rural Arlington, Julie (Bruce) Barganz of Mukwonago, Wis., Brenda Dye of Malden, Theresa (Kiedock) Kim of Biggs, Calif., Paula Henkel Pinter of West Brooklyn, Cynthia Daley of Oroville, Calif., Beth (John) Donahue of Huntington Beach, Calif., Brian (Melissa) Sondgeroth of Las Vegas, Nev. and Ben (Bethany) Sondgeroth of Sublette; and numerous step-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Corrine Fetzer on Sept. 22, 2015 and Norma Sondgeroth on July 25, 2018; and three brothers-in-law, Robert Timm, Merle Fetzer and Eugene Sondgeroth.

Luella attended Park Grade School, a one room country school, and graduated as valedictorian from LaMoille High School. She was active in her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for some time and enjoyed that scenic area. While there, she was employed at a sporting goods store. She returned home to Illinois to be the caregiver for her aging parents until her father’s passing in November 2000 and her mother in April 2001. She worked at various jobs in Princeton, assisting a chiropractic doctor, in a clothing store and a drug store.

After a fall limited her mobility, she and her sister, Adella, lived together in LaMoille until April 2016 when she moved to the Mendota Lutheran Home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home or the donor’s choice.

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