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Patricia Joan Shelton

June 15, 1952 ~ February 22, 2020 (age 67)


Patricia Joan “Miss Daisy” Shelton, 67, of Oakland died on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at her home.  Born on June 15, 1952, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary (Dykes) Law.  

Pat was a 1974 graduate of Towson State Teacher’s College and had obtained a Master’s Degree plus an additional 60 credits from Loyola University in Baltimore.  She was also an organ student at Towson State College, where her instructors included John Terwilliger and John Hoffman.

Prior to retirement, Pat was employed as a vocal music teacher for the Baltimore County Board of Education.  Pat also attended and shared her musical talent with a number of Maryland churches over the years including: Edgewood Baptist Church in Edgewood; St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Timonium; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rosedale; St. Mark’s Luthern Church; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal and St. John’s Episcopal Church, all in Oakland.  She was also the founder and director of “The Bellstars” in Baltimore, which was an English handbell choir made up entirely of special needs children and young adults.  

Pat loved playing the piano, organ and harp as well as teaching sign language, cross stitching and traveling during the winter months.  One of Pat’s greatest joys was working with children, especially those with special needs.  She had served as Director of the Judy Center in Oakland and was instrumental in the formation of Landon’s Library.  She spent countless hours volunteering to make children’s lives happier.  

Pat is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Tom Shelton; two sons, Michael Shelton and Ronald Shelton and wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Joshua Shelton, Zachary Shelton and Rebecca Shelton; two brothers, Joseph Law and wife Jan and John Law and wife Julice; a sister, Beth Law; a sister in law, Kathy Law; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Law, Jr.

According to her wishes, Pat’s body was donated to the Maryland State Anatomy Board and her family will hold a memorial service on a later date.  

Donations in memory of Pat may be made to: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 318 E Oak St., Oakland, MD 21550.

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