Lori Brooke Shelton DeJarnette, 62, passed away on October 28, 2020 at Ascension St Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Surrounded by her immediate family, Lori was set free from her 20-year long fearless battle with kidney disease after a life full of love, laughter, and farm chores.
Lori was born May 11, 1958 to George Ellis “Bud” & Coy Shelton in Evansville, Indiana. Baptized at Masonville Baptist Church in her early teen years, she went on to graduate from Daviess County High School in 1976. One summer job at Noble Romans and a first date to feed the squirrels at Legion Park later, she fell in love with her soulmate, Mark. They married in 1980 and settled in Owensboro. After giving birth to their oldest son Zachary in 1981, they embarked on a new journey—The Family Farm—arriving in Hawesville, Kentucky in 1983. A second son, Morgan, entered the picture in 1984 and their one & only daughter, Erin in 1986 completed the DeJarnette family, at least for that generation.
Lori, Mark, and their children spent the next several years creating life on the farm. She enjoyed raising her kids in a simple yet hardworking environment. Feeding animals, collecting chicken eggs, weaning piglets, harvesting tobacco, mowing, and tending a big garden are just a few of the chores Lori employed to teach her children the ways of life as she saw it.
From her many working years at Daviess County Hospital and the Hancock County School system, she made an impact on every person she encountered. Always a story to tell and a lesson to learn from it, Lori had the gift of gab. Even though some of her tall tales can’t be corroborated, we love her for each and every one and will continue to tell them for years to come.
Lori had a special connection with each of her 12 grandchildren, whom affectionately called her Grandmama. Holiday costumes, snake gourd painting, and famous barnyard bungles made up some of the many activities while in her care. She truly cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and felt abundantly blessed to be surrounded with so many.
Lori’s immeasurable faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, coupled with her sweet and tender temperament is what carried her through the most difficult days. She will be lovingly remembered for both, as her legacy to persevere during hardship is a true testament of hope.
Lori is survived by her husband of 40 years, Mark DeJarnette; Son Zachary & wife Malena DeJarnette; Son Morgan & wife Heather DeJarnette; Daughter Erin & husband Eric Fulkerson. Her grandchildren Griffin, Abram, Maxwell, Rowen, Lyla, Bryar, Xander, Mallori, Oonagh, Coy, Beckham, and Ember. Her siblings Arithia (Richard) Knox; William Shelton; George (Sheila) Shelton; Jennifer (Michael) Rogers; Greg (Patricia) Shelton.
Visitation is set to be Friday, November 6 at Gibson & Son Funeral Home in Hawesville, Kentucky from 10 am until service time at 1 pm. Her final resting will take place privately on the family farm at a later date. Expressions of sympathy and condolences can be made in the form of donations sent to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
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