To Shelley’s family:
My sincere condolences to your family and I’m so sorry to hear about Shelly’s passing. I was looking her up on the internet today because I haven’t spoken to her in over 15 years and came across this obituary. I’m devastated and regret I haven’t reached out sooner. I owe my career to Shelly, I worked as an intern for her at Columbia St Mary’s on and off for 2 years during my undergrad degree in healthcare administration at UWM back in the early 2000’s. I was a bit of a rudderless ship to that point, and was struggling to find what profession I wanted to be in. Those experiences and her mentorship helped me on a path into healthcare administration. I used those internship experiences with Shelley to get into graduate school and I’ve now been in the field of healthcare administration for 10 years, and I can still think back at those formative years and fondly remember the time and care that Shelley invested in me. I’ll always remember her hearty laugh and the respect and kindness she gave effortlessly to her team and those in her life. She was so busy with her job duties, but she was absolutely selfless with her time and went out of her way to expose me to projects to broaden my skills and experience, albeit at a cost to her time and efficiency. I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps, and have had a few interns myself over the years, though I pale in comparison to her mentorship skills!
I now live in Durham, NC and work for Duke Health in the Duke Cancer Institute. I help support thoracic, head and neck and endocrine oncology programs. My wife and I have 3 lovely kids, Audrey, Christian and Jack, and another baby on the way. I wish I could have introduced them to her!
I can’t remember the exact reason for the celebration, but she invited me to a party at your family’s home about 15 years ago, and I just remember the love, laughter and palpable happiness in that home. I had a blast that night and it’s the good times like that and her warmth that I’ll always carry with me. I just wanted to share the impact Shelly has had on my life. I’m better as a person and thankful to have known her and learned from her. I’ll be carrying on her legacy in the healthcare administration field for years to come!
My wishes and prayers are with your family! Sincerely,
always smiling, kind compassionate and loving. The kind of person we all need to have in our lives. Taken too soon. Cherish the memories. prayers to my friend Pheeb, Allie and Aaron.
Dear Gary and family, I am so so sorry for your profound loss. My heart my thoughts and love are with you at this very sad time. Soar with your angels Shelley for you are in the greatest Kingdom of all. R.I.P Beautiful Soul and May. Your Amazing Spirit Shine In Heaven as it Did Here on Earth. You will Forever Be Remembered.God Bess❤❤
I am sorry for your loss. From what I have read she was a wonderful woman/person/wife. Prayers for all that knew her and especially for her family!
My sincere condolences to you Gary and your family. I pray that God provides you all with the strength, comfort and peace you need during this difficult time. May Shelley rest peacefully in God’s grace. Her beautiful smile will be truly missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Gary, Aaron, and Allie you have our love and deepest sympathy. we have many fond memories of family gatherings. Shelley's smile lit up the room.
As a former Sacred Heart friend I am deeply sorry to hear about this. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
I seem to be struggling to find the right words to say that would help you at this time since there are none that are easing the pain in my heart. My sister is gone and it doesn't seem real. She has left us with her beautiful smile and a lot of love. I'm going to remember the good times.
I am so sorry for your loss Gary.
I’m sad to hear this news. Love and light to Ali. Mothers are precious. Be well and take care. Jo
Gary, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.
a beautiful woman. She loved deeply and was deeply loved.
She will be missed.
My heartfelt sympathy to her husband Gary and Children Aaron and Alicia, extended family, and dear friends.
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Prayers for you, Gary, and your family!
Dear Gary, I am so sorry to hear about shelly. I know how much you loved her.I am so sad for your loss of the love of your life. Karen
My deepest sympathies to the entire Rice family! Shelley was a great gal who did not get cheated in the game of life! Always quick with a smile or a laugh because in her eyes it was always, don’t worry, be happy!! She will be missed by me and a whole slew of friends and relatives! Rest in Heaven sweet lady! ❤️
I’m saddened to hear that Gary. My heart aches for you all. You will all be in my prayers.
Shelly was a beautiful person and I enjoyed all the years we worked together. So sorry for your loss.
Our dear friend Shelley will always be with us and missed terribly. She was always there for us with a kind word or a story to make you feel better. Gary, Arron and Allie if there is anything we can do for you please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are just so sorry for your loss.
So terribly sorry. It was a delight to chat with your mom. Wonderful memories of such a delightful woman. Sending, always, love.
Sorry to hear of Shelley’s passing. May her smile and attitude bring joy to those around her.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Shelley always had a smile and always willing to help others at Sacred Heart, love and prayers to family
Gary, Aaron and Allie, So sorry for your loss. May thousands of great memories sustain through this time. Shelley was a wonderful and a bright light. She will be missed by so many and loved forever more.
Shelley was a sweet woman who always made me comfortable growing up; she never needed to be reminded of who I was or why I was around, she remembered me and always asked me how I was doing. Shelley was that familiar face in the "crowd" that if I didn't know anyone else I could always go to and she'd be happy to see me. She was a good, kind, gentle soul and she will be the best of the Angels. See you again.
A loving, kind and caring person who will be missed by everyone who's life she touched. RIP Shelley. My prayers to Gary, Allie, and Aaron
I love you all very much. I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life and I know she was greeted by so many loved ones and they are playing card in the sky.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.