July 18, 1947 - January 30, 2019
Mary Shelton Knight Simpson Vescovo, born on July 18, 1947, died on January 30, 2019. Each of this mouthful of names holds a special part of who Shelly was. Mary was her mother’s name. Shelton came from her beloved grandmother Maud Shelton McEntire who instilled in Shelly a love of reading and of the countryside. The Knights have deep roots in Dallas back to the mid-1800’s. With Henry Simpson she had two amazing children, Kimberly Kristen Simpson Johnson and Geoffrey Noah Simpson and had a life-long friendship. Pete Vescovo brought love and a sense of being cherished into her life. She grew up with sister Sally and brother John and remembers many times playing Tarzan, Sheena Queen of the Jungle and Boy with them in the woods, lying on a mattress late at night tuned in to The Shadow on the radio, or listening to Beethoven and Wagner records late into the night. She reconnected with her dad Bob Knight in 1982 and to her delight – step-mom Barbara and sister Dee Ann and husband Weldon and brother Robert and his wife Royce. She grew up in Addison, Texas on a farm, eating Easter eggs in the hayloft, catching crawfish with bacon and eating hand-churned ice cream in the summer. The Countryside was a deep part of her soul. She was sitting on the stile looking west at a sunset about age 8 when she sensed “God is” and knew it a blessing. She attended The Hockaday School, Southern Methodist University, and Perkins School of Theology. At Perkins, she became aware of her deep call to Adult Christian Formation. She worked at Saint Michael and All Angels Church since 1979 and participated in Christian Formation leadership at the diocesan, provincial and national Episcopal church level. She often remarked how wonderful it is to get to go to work each day and be with people you love and do what you know you were created to do. She retired after 37 years in 2016. She was blessed to discover that all the things people say about being a grandparent are true. Her special delights were her grandchildren Brenden, Austin and Logan Simpson and Bennett, Shelton and Elle Johnson and Julie, Pierce & Hunter Smetek. In each of them she experienced the saying “The first time we heard his/her laughter, we knew the world would never be the same”. Thanks to Nikki Kaplan Simpson, Clyde John Bennett Johnson, IV and Jill Reno Simpson along with Geoff and Kim, for giving life and love to these remarkable young people. Shelly was a survivor of ovarian cancer since 2007. What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger. Through treatments and remissions, she realized a deeper connection to God, a deeper appreciation of the gift of each day, affirmed the importance of a sense of humor, and discovered a ministry of connection with others who battle the same disease. “Surely it is God who saves me, I will trust in Him and not be afraid.” She offers special thanks to Dr. Allen Stringer and his staff for excellent medical care and for his great humanity.
Memorials may be made to The Elizabeth Taylor Ovarian Cancer Research Fund c/o Dr. Allen Stringer, 3410 Worth Street, Dallas, Texas 75246, or to the Blanton Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at M.D. Anderson Hospital, Development Office Unit 705, P. 0. Box 301439, Houston, Texas 77230. For each of you, she wishes that you live as Julian of Norwich described: “And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
A Service to Celebrate Shelly’s life will be held
February 12, 2019 at 11am
St. Michaels and All Angels Church
8011 Douglas Ave, Dallas, TX 75225
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