Our Angel from heaven returned home early Thursday morning, joining a host of family members who have gone before her. During the short time God loaned Shelley to us, she became our driving force of hope who touched an immeasurable number of lives.
Shelley was diagnosed Feb. 11, 2002, with a rare form of synovial cell sarcoma cancer. During the next 15 years she defied the disease and the medical community by fighting with tenacity, steel will and unbreakable resolve. Her upbeat personality, beautiful contagious smile, feisty attitude and determination to beat her disease touched the lives of everyone she encountered on her journey.
Shelley faced her situation knowing she was always in God's hands, and that God would take her through it. Her hope was that if her illness and treatment could help just one other person, it was worth every minute of it. She never lost her free spirit, sense of humor, sarcasm and not much ever got in her way. She was proof that each of us can choose to let the things that life throws at us to make or break us.
This is not the end of Shelley's story, but just another chapter in her legacy because Shelley won the battle and cancer lost. Her faith in God never wavered and she is enjoying her rewards without pain and suffering and can dance again.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, kids, parents and friends, her baby-dog Gizmo.
Shelley was born Dec. 7, 1982, in Joplin, to Kyle (Barnes) Dunn and passed away Feb. 16, at her home. Later in life she was adopted by James (Jim) Dunn. She graduated with the Joplin High School Class of 2001. She worked for PetsMart, Dr. Ball and Quest Diagnostics.
Shelley married Shawn Davis on Feb. 6, 2013 in Carthage, Mo.
Survivors include her husband Shawn, Joplin; parents Kyle and Jim, Joplin; daughter Kimberly Davis, Joplin; three sons, Ryan Davis, Zakk Davis and Jacoby Davis, Rockland, Maine.; mother-in-law Rhoda Fields, Montville, Maine; beloved dog Gizmo; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, special 'niece and nephew' Kailey and Ethan, Big M family ,Hope Lodge family, and the many 'angels' at KU Medical Center.
Visitation will be held 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, and services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo. Minister Danny Pyeatt will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage, Mo. Pallbearers honoring Shelley will be Kirk Dunn, Kerry Dunn, Shaun Brunner, Chris McDaniel, JD Whitledge and Kenny Goettel.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff of KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and the staff of Avalon Hospice.
Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Kansas City, Mo., in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO 64836.
Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.
Published on  February 19, 2017