Mary Ellen Shackelford, age 85, of Olmstead, Ky., passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

She was born in Cookeville, Tenn. on May 8, 1934, to the late Dewey Rice and Ola Harness Rice.

She was a homemaker and former member of the Eastern Star and an active member at Dripping Spring Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James “Jim” Shackelford; one son, Timmy Shackelford and wife Susan of Bowling Green, Ky.; two daughters, Toni Ellen Neal of Auburn, Ky. and Tammy Kaye Pedigo and husband Jeff ~ Olmstead, Ky.; two brothers, Denver Rice of Madison, Tenn. and Bob Rice of Sparta, Tenn.; three sisters, Sue Perkins of Baxter, Tenn., Reba Davis of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Barbara Allen of Cookeville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services for Mary Ellen Shackelford will be conducted Thursday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at Summers, Kirby and Sanders Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Noffsinger and Bro. Donnie Blick officiating. Burial followed in Dripping Spring Cemetery. Visitation will begin at the funeral home Wednesday, May 15 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, May 16 from 8 a.m. until the service hour of 11 a.m.

Pallbearers are Tristan Norris, Auston Norris, Dustin Norris, Bradley White, O’Brien Pedigo, Cody Pedigo, and Kyle Pedigo. Honorary pallbearers are Tyler Farmer, Jeff Pedigo, and Melvin Norris.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center.