Clara ‘Boots’ Catherine (Thacker) Shelton

November 13, 1925 ‒ October 20, 2016

Waldo, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Clara “Boots” Catherine (Thacker) Shelton, age 90, of Waldo, went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by her loving family on October 20, 2016.

On November 13, 1925, Clara was born and raised in Vinton County, Ohio, the fourth of seventeen children of the late Jeramiah and Ethel (Oiler) Thacker.

After moving to Marion, Boots met and married the love of her life, Robert “Jay” Shelton, on October 5, 1947.  Together they raised six children: Nancy Rosenberger of Waldo, Brenda Crist of Alabama, Robert (Chris) Shelton of Bellville, Pam (Gary) Spreng of Loudonville, Sherry (Greg) Shelton, and Marla (Steve) Runyon of Marion.

Although Boots worked at many different places throughout her life, most people remember her homemade meals they enjoyed at the Village Tavern in Waldo, and at Boots’ Truck Stop in Norton.

Boots loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and making homemade noodles and rolls to spoil them with.  She also loved snow and Christmas.

In addition to her six children, she will be dearly missed by 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Ruby Rhoades of Garfield Heights, Vella Yager and Terry Hickman of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Boots was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, Duane Rosenberger; two son-in-laws: David Rosenberger and David Crist; five sisters: Della Malone, Elizabeth Ann and Freda Thacker, Betty McKinniss, and Sadie McKinniss; and eight brothers: Junior, Henry, Jesse, Leo, Dean, Roy, Paul and Eddie Thacker.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Monday, October 24th, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL CHAPEL, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services celebrating her life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with Pastor Clancy Cruise officiating.  Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, OH 43302, for their sweet and tender care of Boots.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Boots’ family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • My sincere condolence to the Shelton family. The death of a loved one can be extremely painful but may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of times spent together. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  • So sorry to hear this, wish I could be there in memory of Boots. She was a very neat person, she will be missed. Prayers for the family you are in my thoughts.
    Carolyn Fields

  • My thoughts and prayer are with you. I’ll always remember her being so kind with a twist of Orneriness. She’ll be missed..

  • Sherry and Marla, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. There is only one Boots and she will be greatly missed! I enjoyed many lunches with Sherry at the VT. Your mother was a beautiful lady who brought joy to everyone who knew her. Much love to your family.

  • My heartfelt condolences for the family. She was a good lady and always fun to be around.

    Suzy Baker Nicolosi

  • We are thinking of you all at this hard time! Our deepest sympathies! We love you! Love, Brian,Crystal, Ella and Ava Hamm!