In Memory

Virginia Benedict (Shelton) - Class Of 1949


Virginia Shelton

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Virginia Dene Benedict Shelton, the daughter of a ranching family, was born in Midland Texas on February 4, 1932. Her childhood years were spent in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, graduating from Fort Sumner High School in 1949 and from New Mexico A & M in 1953. Following graduation, she worked for the Corps of Engineers at WSMR for one year. Virginia was a dedicated public school teacher teaching grades 4th through high school. She found great joy in teaching and was often approached by students years later, with the student often saying, ' Mrs. Shelton, you were the best teacher I ever had!" and always ended with a hug. Virginia married Milton Shelton on May 25, 1955 at St. James Episcopal Church, in Mesilla Park, NM. Milton was also a public school educator for his entire career. Virginia and Milton loved to entertain and to travel. Their yearly turkey roast was legendary and looked forward to early by friends and family alike. Born to this union were Judith Gibson (Clay), Jennifer Terrazas (Manny), Paul (Jodi Shelton) and Kerry Provencio (Randy). Oldest twin daughter Judith preceded both of her parents in death on January 26, 1985. 10 grandchildren: Andrew, Christopher, Joshua, Kathryn, Janelle, Lauren, Lyndsay, Aaron, Kadi and Sydni and 3 great grand-daughters, Allison, Brianna and Aubrey all survive Virginia. One of Virginia's greatest joy's was watching her own children become parents and in turn watching these grandchildren grow into successful young adults. Upon her retirement from teaching, she became a very active volunteer, serving in many different capacities. Such as: the soup kitchen, delivering books to the Home Bound for Branigan Library, and she served as the librarian, gardener and office aide at St. James Church for many years. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday June 4, 2011 at St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Dr. Nicholas Funk, Rector officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to give to Mesilla Valley Hospice, Las Cruces, NM or to their favorite charity. Many heartfelt thanks go out to the many caregivers who took care of Virginia during her illness: Dr. Wash, Laura, Andrea, Debbie, Dr. Garcia, Terry, Lisa, Home Instead Caregivers, and lastly all the wonderful providers at Hospice-truly angels in the way they care for each patient and family member, as if we were their own family members. Special thanks go out to dear friends, Carol Baker, Terry Miller and Judy Zimmerman. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home and Getz Family Crematory corner of Solano and Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001. 575-526-2419. To sign the local online guest book go