Haldis I. Shelton

Jan 14, 2014 Staff

Haldis I. Shelton, of Riverton, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander. She was 92 years old.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the United Methodist Church in Riverton with Pastor Don Schlichting officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Haldis Irene Heggum was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Seattle, Wash., the daughter of Issaac and Bessie Heggum. She grew up in Utah, Idaho and Montana. She graduated high school in 1940 in Ogden, Utah.

On June 17, 1940, she married Glenn H. Shelton at the Untied Methodist Church in Ogden, Utah.

She was a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II at Mare Island Naval Station near Vallejo, Calif.

After the war, she and her husband settled in Napa, Calif. She started one of the first care homes in Napa, Calif., and received honorable recognition for her more than 50 years of service. She helped with mentally disabled Sunday school classes at the First Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. She also started a bowling program for disabled individuals.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening of all kinds, bowling, traveling, taking cruises with the "Shelton Girls," which consisted of six women she had in her life for more than 50 years, and having pool parties in Napa, Calif., for the holidays. She was always happy when the family would camp at Hat Creek every summer, and she was devoted to her family and friends.

After her husband died in 2001, she moved to Riverton to be close to her son and his family.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Milli Shelton, of Riverton; grandson Steven (Leslie) Shelton of Cheyenne, Todd (Kelly) Shelton of Yreka, Calif., and Tim Shelton of Gillette; great-grandchildren Kendrick, Kaytlynn, Max, Kyler, Alyssa and Benjamin; adopted daughter Betty Wood; and good friend Amelia Stream.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Issaac and Bessie Heggum; husband Glenn Shelton; son Richard Shelton; brother Holland Heggum; and great great baby Parker.

Memorials may be made to Special Olympics of Napa Valley in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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