Linda Shelley, well-known local coach, official, dies Linda C. Shelley

By on September 14, 2011

Linda C. Shelley, 58, of Ephrata, went home to her Lord and Savior Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy, following a courageous 10-month battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born in Reading to the late Carl and Dorothy (Lied) Sammet and was the wife of Scott L. Shelley, with whom she would have shared 40 years of marriage this coming February.

Linda was valedictorian of the Ephrata Senior High School class of 1971. During high school, she was an outstanding field hockey player and cheerleader. Linda was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Akron, where she attended weekly Bible study, served on the church council and helped organize the hunger and relief efforts for Lutheran World Relief and ELCA Hunger. She also helped organize Women of ELCA, Caretakers of the Garden Group and an annual creation Sunday worship service.

Linda was a PIAA Field Hockey official for 30 years, a PIAA Lacrosse official, a NCAA Field Hockey and Lacrosse official, held a National Level USA Field Hockey rating; which is the highest level umpiring certification in the country and in 2009 received her National Emeritus Status from the USFHA. She also served as secretary on the executive board for the USA Field Hockey Umpiring Division. In 2005, she officiated the NCAA Division III Final Four Field Hockey Tournament and twice officiated PIAA State Field Hockey championship games. Linda also founded the women’s lacrosse program at Ephrata High School.

Linda was an avid gardener and cook, loved her children and grandchildren and enjoyed watching them participate in sporting events. She enjoyed going to the beach in Chincoteague, Va., with her family. At the age of 42, Linda changed careers to pursue her passion to become a nurse. As an LPN, she worked as the nurse manager for The Lancaster Skin Center.

Linda will be remembered for her ambitious spirit and integrity, her commitment to her faith, her compassion and caring for others, her love for life and her devoted dedication to her family as a wife, sister, mother and grandmother.

Linda is survived by a son: Adrian Shelley, of Akron; two daughters: Katelyn Shelley, fiancé of Josh Merckle, of Albany, Ohio; and Kira Shelley, of Ephrata; two grandchildren: Dawson and Campbell Shelley; and a brother: Randy, husband of Cathy (Newman) Sammet, of Lititz.

She was preceded in death by a daughter: Kirsten Shelley.

Funeral services will be held on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 435 Main St., Akron, with Rev. Matthew Lenahan officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to the Kirsten Beth Shelley Athletic Memorial Fund, in c/o Ephrata National Bank Trust Dept., 31 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements are being made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com. More SHELLEY, page A7

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