Deborah Jean Sheldon was born July 10, 1952 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Norman Clayton and Dorothy (Williams) McCain. She passed away at her home on the bluff over the merging of the Sac and Osage rivers near Osceola, Missouri on December 17, 2016.
Debbie’s early life was spent in the Versailles, Missouri area where her father was an agent for United Farm Agency. Later in the 1950’s, Debbie moved with her family to the Kansas City area. She graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1970. Debbie then graduated from Kansas State University in 1974. While in Manhattan she was united in marriage to Steve Evans. This union was blessed with a son, Brent Allen Evans who made her very proud daily.
On June 13, 1986 she was united in marriage to Randy Sheldon in Overland Park, Kansas. They spent their entire married life in Osceola, Missouri, where Randy was operating the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home. This marriage also united Debbie with three additional sons, Sean, Ryan and Rodney. Randy and Debbie purchased the Booth Funeral Home in Rich Hill, Missouri later in 1986 and operated it seventeen years. They made many lifelong friends during their time in Rich Hill, leaving there at the end of 2003. In 1996 they established the Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, Missouri purchasing the Brown Funeral Home and building a new location which continues to serve El Dorado Springs while continuing to operate the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola, Missouri.
Debbie earned her funeral director’s license and was very active in the day-to-day operations. She adapted quickly to small town life and loved the many, many friends that came with the funeral profession.
She was an active member of the Community Church of Osceola.
Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Lance Evans and Sean Sheldon; a sister in infancy, Sherry Lynn McCain, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by her husband, Randy of the home; 3 sons, Ryan, Brent and wife Rachel and Rodney and wife Amanda; daughter-in-law, Lana Sheldon; 1 brother, Norman McCain and wife Nancy; 1 sister, Sandy Pummill and husband Cliff; 4 grandchildren, Lolly, Tegin, Macie and Casaday (all of whom she adored) aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and a niece; her mother-in-law Jean Sheldon, 2 sisters-in-law Candi Baker and husband, J.D. and Kima Sheldon, great nephews and a great-niece.
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