Jo Shell 1919-2020

Jo Shell 1919-2020

Jo Marie Shell, 101 years old, of Atchison, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at the Atchison Senior Village. 

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the First Christian Church, Atchison, with the Rev. Brad Greene officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial of the cremated remains will follow at the Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, Atchison.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Atchison Senior Village or the Atchison First Christian Church and may be sent in care of Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, which is entrusted with the arrangements. Words of comfort and remembrance may be left online at

Jo Marie Walters was born on Aug. 28, 1919, in Conway Springs, the daughter of Max J. and Hazel Lena (Fowler) Walters. Jo attended schools in Conway Springs. She was a homemaker and sold Avon products for more than 40 years in the Atchison area. She enjoyed bowling, fishing and dancing. Jo loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jo was a special lady to all who knew her. 

Jo and Chester L. Shell were married in Atchison on Jan. 9, 1937. Chet preceded Jo in death on their wedding anniversary, after 42 years of marriage, on Jan. 9, 1979. Jo was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karen Sue Beightel; nephew, Jack Padgett; brother, Rex Walters; and sister, Maxine Padgett. 

Survivors include a son, Bill M. (Rhonda) Shell, Atchison; six granddaughters, Terri and Ward Keitel, Dina and David Rankin, Gail and Kelly Wood, Joni and Chris Woltje, Jill and Kenny Callaway and Amy and Randy Funk; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Mary Russell. 


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