Shelley Markle Stallings, 83, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shelley was born and raised in Lyons, Kansas. She attended primary and secondary school in this small town where she excelled academically and participated in many extracurricular activities. After graduation Shelley matriculated at The University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her senior year, the faculty voted her the outstanding nurse in her class. Shelley also held positions in the State Student Nurses Association, serving as Secretary and Treasurer. The clinical programs were held at Kansas University Medical Center where, just prior to graduation, she met her future husband Dr. William D Stallings.
Shelley and Bill were wed in the winter of 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri and began their life together in Jacksonville, Florida where they had their first son Jeff. In 1961 they moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where Bill opened his own medical practice and the pair had their four other children: Valerie, Evan, Neil, and Nicole.
When their children were older, Shelley took a nursing refresher course and soon found herself working in the ICU on the night shift after Bill’s day was done; they had agreed that one parent should always be home with the children. Shelley and Bill were later lucky to collaborate on a small business where Shelley was the Director of Scheduling.
In 1996, the twosome retired to Scottsdale, Arizona where they spent 16 years enjoying the west. There was not a switch-backed dirt road or red-rocked canyon the two didn’t chase, always managing to find the perfect picnic spot along the way.
They also traveled extensively abroad and fervently pursued a passion for photography, both at home and away.
Shelley was predeceased by her husband, Bill, in 2012, just shy of their 53rd wedding anniversary, by her sister, Marilynn Markle Napier, in 2015 and by her grandson Ethan Garrett Stallings in 2016. She is survived by her five children, Jeffery T. Stallings (Joyce), Valerie S. Arias (David), Evan W. Stallings, Neil H. Stallings, and Nicole Stallings, as well as five grandchildren.
Shelley was strong as an ox and carried with her both the ethic and resilience of being raised on a Kansas farm until her last day. She also had a taste for the finer things in life – we’re going to forever picture her at the symphony, in a beautiful tunic, with jewelry as vibrant as she was, and her hair perfectly done.
An intimate ceremony will be held with Shelley’s family in Virginia Beach, the home Shelley and Bill shared for many years and where they raised their family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To share condolences and memories, please visit www.messingermortuary.com