Shelby Jean Stotts

September 24, 1936 ‒ December 20, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Shelby Jean Stotts, age 84, of Mount Gilead, passed away Sunday evening, December 20, 2020, at Woodside Village Care Center.

On September 24, 1936, Shelby was born in Pike County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Webster and Lola (Ratliff) Bartley.

Shelby married Gilbert E. Stotts on March 6, 1964.  They celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage before he preceded her in death on April 4, 2014.

Before she got married, Shelby worked at North Electric in Galion.  After getting married she took on the role of loving mother and homemaker.

Shelby liked to relax in the peacefulness of her home.  She enjoyed watching soap operas and game shows, completing crossword and word find puzzles, and watching the grandchildren play sports.  She also loved being outside on her front porch enjoying the day.

Shelby will be missed by her four children: Melinda Lantz of Spring Hill, FL, Cheryl (Phil) Heacock of Mount Gilead, Brian Stotts of Spring Hill, FL, Thomas Stotts of Marion; seven grandchildren: Jamie Heacock (Jessica), Joshua Adams, Morgan (Caleb) Dettra, Michelle (Matt) Scott, Jason (Kayla) Heacock, Briana Stotts, Sierra Stotts, six great grandchildren: Amelia Reeder, Trenas Heacock, Lylah Heacock, Grayson Dettra, Gage Dettra, Maverick Scott; and a sister, Don Reita Madeker of Mount Gilead.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ed Bartley and son-in-law, Earl Lantz.

Shelby’s family will greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will begin there at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Art Wooddell officiating.  A private burial will take place at a later date at Rivercliff Cemetery.  Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please maintain a social distance from others and wear your mask.  Family and friends are welcome to watch the livestream of her services on Monday at 7:00 p.m. via the Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead Facebook page at this link: (

Memorial contributions in Shelby’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Shelby’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Tom and families, I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to loose the Matriarch of a family. She is the glue that holds a family together. Cherish her memories as they will always be with you. May you find comfort in the fact that she is your guardian angel watching over each and every one of you. God Bless!

    Charlotte Cooper

  • So sorry to hear about Shelby! I enjoyed visiting with her and doing her hair . She was a very pleasant lady.

  • Tom I’m thinking about you! I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. Praying for peace and strength for you and your family .

  • Thomas, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. In my mind’s eye, I can still she her at your graduation party, so proud of you. May loving memories grant you comfort at this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Denise and Gary Iams