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Originally published: 2013-10-28 11:34:35
Last modified: 2013-10-28 11:35:20

Amy Ward Shelton

Mrs. Amy Ward Shelton, 59, of Hideaway Lane, Vilas, passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 26, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Born March 21, 1954, she was the daughter of Ray and Virginia Ward. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Gerald Shelton; one son, Benjamin Ray Shelton of Sugar Grove; three daughters, Candace Nicole Shelton of Valle Crucis, Kristi Lynn Shelton of Boone, and Jessica Elizabeth Shelton Shore and husband, Dustin, of Vilas; two sisters, Melanie Ward Greene and husband, Ronnie, and Diane Ward and husband, Barney Hodgson, all of Boone; one brother, Mark Alan Ward and wife, Nancy, of Horton, Kan.; one uncle, Howell Cook of Valle Crucis; and one aunt, Anna Mae Cook Reid and husband, George, of Falls Church, Va. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Amy was a graduate of Appalachian State University and was employed as a Telecommunication Specialist for the Appalachian State University Police Department. She was the chairperson of the Cove Creek School Preservation and Development Committee, and an active member and former president of the Mountaineer Ruritan.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life visitation on from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. A private rites service will be conducted for Mrs. Amy Ward Shelton at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Cove Creek School Preservation and Development, PO Box 344, Sugar Grove, NC 28679, or to the Mountaineer Ruritan Club Scholarship Fund, in care of Jim Harmon, 196 Phillips Branch Road, Vilas, NC 28692.

Online condolences may be shared with the Shelton family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Shelton family.