Delores A. “Dee” Shorts

January 17, 1945 ‒ August 15, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

 

MANSFIELD: Delores A “Dee” Shorts, age 75, of Mansfield passed away Saturday morning, August 15, 2020 in OSU Medical Center.

She was born January 17, 1945 in Richland County, to John and Martha (McCrory) Vanderbilt, graduated from Lexington High School in 1963 and attended business college.

She worked many years from her own business, the Pooch Parlor, where she served many pet lovers for 45 years.  Dee was also an animal lover and had two beloved pups.

Dee was a member of the Mansfield Liederkranz and Mt. Vernon Moose.

She was also a talented dancer, meeting her soul mate, Russell Shorts at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  With her partner in life and on the dance floor, together they enjoyed Ballroom, Square, Round and Country and Western dance.  She shined most when sharing her talent as an instructor, performing at local fairs, and even competing in dance competitions.  Dee and Russell made many friends as leaders of the Fun Country Dance Club.

Beloved mother, wife and best friend, she will be missed by her devoted husband Russell Lee Shorts of Mansfield, son Jeff Maier and daughter and son-in-law Christine and Greg McMahill all of California; grandson Corey Shearer of Mansfield; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Wanda (David) Snoddy, Ann (Richard) Markley, Helen (Dana) Finley, Ralph E. Shorts and Barbara Shorts.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Wayne Shorts.

A graveside service will be held Monday, August 24, 2020 at 11 am in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Richland County Humane Society.

          The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes is serving the family and encourage condolences at:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • To the Shorts family, We are so sadden by the passing of Dee. We got to know her by her watching our beloved dog Maddy. You would think that Maddy was her own and she loved all of the animals she took care of. We know that she is in heaven and that St Francis was there to greet her with her family of animals. May God Bless you at this time. Paul & Katy Wehinger

  • Russ,
    We are so sad to see of Dee’s passing. We always enjoyed watching the two of you dance so beautifully together and visiting with you at dances. I know she will be missed by many and we will keep you in our prayers for comfort.

  • Russ,
    I am so very sad to learn of Dee’s passing. You two were always phenomenal on any dance floor, and a joy to watch. I will remember Dee’s beautiful smile as she gracefully glided across the floor.

    Dee groomed my dogs for many years. It was such a fun surprise to see what ritzy bandanna each were wearing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Russ, and your family.

  • Russ, we were so saddened to hear of Dee’s passing. We had idea Dee was being treated. Roberta & I, along with all the Appleseed Squares who danced with you guys extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your families will be in our prayers in the days ahead.

  • Russ, George and I were saddened To hear of Dee’s passing. We are sending thought and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Mr Shorts and Family,
    I am truly sorry to learn of Dee’s passing. She groomed and looked after my pets for many years and treated them like royalty. So much so, they looked forward to their trips to her house for a bath and a brand new bandana! She was one of the kindest souls I have ever known. Please accept my sincere condolences .
    Respectfully
    Brian

  • Sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. She was always friendly and gracious lady every time we would meet. I met her on the dance scene back in the day when we dressed up western and made so many friends. I will miss seeing Russ and Dee together floating across the floor.

  • Saddened to hear of Dee’s passing. Like so many others, we knew Dee because she cared for our puppies over the years. Our dogs LOVED going to see Dee, and would actually get excited when told where we were going. Dee loved all of her furry guests like they were her own and that’s why all of them — and their humans — loved her so. Such a gentle, loving soul. Thoughts are with you and your family at this time, Russell. — The Malaska Family

  • Very sad to hear of Dee’s passing. She was an expert dog groomer. My dogs could go to a dog show after she groomed them. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. A huge loss to the dog community as well as it must be for her loved ones.

  • Sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. I always enjoyed watching you dance & dancing with us. We will sadly miss her on the dance floor. Prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Dee. The two of you were a very special couple and great dance teachers. My prayer is that the Lord will comfort you and I know that he will bring you through this.

  • Our sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. Dee was responsible for making our Finlay, Barclay and Maisie beautiful for many years. She was a wonderful lady who will be sadly missed

  • I REALLY DONT KNOW WHERE TO START. I AM SO SHOCK AND STUNNED BY DEES PASSING. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. RUSS I AM SO SORRY I JUST NOW FOUND OUT ABOUT DEE. IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU NEED AT ALL PLEASE CALL ME
    I WAS JUST TALKING TO TONY ABOUT YOU AND HIM BEING ONE OF THE NICEST GUYS I HAVE EVER MET. SO SORRY I WASNT THERE FOR YOU.

  • Russ,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.