Murriel Ashe Shelton passed away on Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston, Texas.
Born April 3, 1932, in Tuckasegee, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Alvin Jesse Ashe and Ella Mae Potts Ashe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1999; brothers Horace Ray and Avery Leroy; sisters, Betty Roberta and Mildred Frankie.
Murriel is survived by siblings, Billie Lominac and A.J. Ashe; two sons, Bill Shelton (Lani) of Herndon, Va., and Paul Shelton (Soleivi) of Missouri City, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Murriel attended Jackson County schools and Cullowhee High School and was a 1954 graduate of Western Carolina Teachers College, now Western Carolina University. She taught school in Utah and for many years in Dorchester County, S.C., where she was a first-grade teacher at Knightsville Elementary School. She assisted her husband John in running Summerville Aviation.
She loved gardening, crafts and keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be planned and held at a later date in Cullowhee, N.C.