Reva Shelton

Obituary of Reva Shelton

Reva Shelton – (December 1, 1927 – June 27, 2020), Reva Shelton, born in Mansfield, Louisiana was 92 years old when she passed away at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a brief illness. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley E. (James) Haworth, and Bonnie Shelton. Also survived by 5 grandchildren, James L. Haworth, Eric Guldfeldt, Sheila (Steve) Wagenbaugh, Benjamin Dougrey and Jessica Dougrey, as well as 2 great-grandchildren and many great-nieces and nephews. Also survived by a brother, Joseph Glenn, a niece, Linda (Rudy) Salazar, and her children and grandchildren, a nephew, Joseph Glenn, Jr., and his wife and children, and a nephew, Fletcher (Ruth) Brown and his children. She was predeceased by three daughters, Gloria Shelton, Kathleen Shelton, and Katherine (Mark) Dougrey. Also predeceased by a sister, Viola Glenn, a sister-in-law, Rosie Glenn, a niece, Thesia Glenn, and a nephew, Courteney Glenn. Also predeceased by her husband, Charlie Shelton. Reva was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 55 years and served as a full-time minister (pioneer) for 38 years in the Rensselaer, NY congregation. Reva devoted many hours every day teaching the Bible, helping people enjoy a relationship with God, and helping them with Bible principles to live better today and give them an opportunity for an eternal future of peace. Even though Reva was busy being a homemaker during her lifetime while raising 5 daughters, she made the time to help people throughout Rensselaer and the Capital District learn how to better their lives pleasing God. Her favorite scripture, found at Matthew 24:14, states how the preaching of the good news of God’s Kingdom would take place in our time. She made this scripture her life’s work (and desire) by telling others about this good news. Reva will be missed by so many friends, family, and the hundreds of people who met her and whose lives she touched. Thank you all for your outpouring of sympathy, and a thank you to the caring staff of Albany Medical Center, Unit C-4, for the care you provided Reva and the comfort you gave her during the last few days of her life. A memorial service will be held on July 18, 2020 at 3:00pm via the Zoom video-conferencing platform. Burial at the cemetery will be private. Contact for more information regarding the service. Also, please visit the Lyons Funeral Home’s webpage for Reva Shelton at: and click on “Tribute Wall” to leave a message of sympathy. A Facebook page link may be found here where comments may be posted:
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