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Shirley Jean Hyden Schult, Belton, MO, passed away October 25, 2008.
Born on October 23, 1926, she was the youngest of four children born to Victor Monroe Hyden, Sr., of Boston, MA, and Maude Sterling Hyden , of Ireland. Maude immigrated with her widowed mother to the USA in 1907, meeting and marrying Victor, who was a WWI Army pilot stationed in San Antonio, TX and, after the war, an oilman for Phillips Petroleum in Texas and Oklahoma.
When Ruth, the eldest child, was an only child, the young family was in Boston visiting relatives when an automobile struck Ruth leaving her with a brain injury so severe that she was disabled for the rest of her life. As Shirley grew up, helping her mother take care of her oldest sister, she learned much of the sweetness and gentleness that endured throughout her entire adult life.
As a teenager in Eureka, KS, she became a drummer in the Eureka High School marching band along with her older brother, Vic, who was a classmate with another drummer in the band: Kenneth Schult. Only a sophomore, she nevertheless caught Kenneth’s eye who knew from that day that she was the one he was to marry. When Kenneth graduated in 1943 WWII put a temporary hold to their plans. While Kenneth was serving in Europe Shirley graduated from high school in 1944 and enrolled in Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, KS, that fall. As a student she contributed to the war effort by working for Phillips Petroleum in the tradition of her own father. Though she always wanted to go to Washington, DC, to work for the war effort, that dream never materialized.
However, after the war ended, she married Kenneth Schult on August 25, 1946, and became the mother of four children (Keith, Robert, Jeffrey, and Jeanine). She joined The First Church of Christ, Scientist of Boston, MA, in June, 1953. She remained at home to raise the family during their formative years, but finally returned to the work force in Ottawa, KS, with Household Finance in 1962. During the summer of 1963 she took class instruction in Christian Science with William Reid Johnson of Tulsa. Mr. Johnson had been taught by Bliss Knapp, one of the early students of Christian Science, who had himself taken class instruction from Mary Baker Eddy. When the family moved to Kansas City, KS, in 1964 she joined the Westgate State Bank of Kansas City, KS, where she worked until 1984, rising to Vice-President of the bank. That year the bank was sold to new ownership and she then joined her sons in their retail framing business. For the next twenty years she participated in the administration and growth of that business from two retail frame shops to a nationwide design and manufacturing business with clients in the entertainment and restaurant industries. As the business grew from just four owners with no employees to a workforce of over 80 employees Shirley took on the managing of the front office. It was commented that she took great enjoyment from working with her sons on a daily basis. When the business was sold in 2003 she helped the transition to the new owners and then retired in 2004 at the age of 77.
After retirement she took on the care of Kenneth, her husband, with her typical gentleness and sweetness. When her daughter Jeanine, and her family, moved into the home to help care for both parents Shirley enjoyed her remaining years in a close relationship with her daughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth E. Schult; her parents, Victor and Maude Hyden; and her eldest sister, Ruth. She is survived by: her sister Betty Brookover and husband John of Wichita, KS; her brother Victor M. Hyden, Jr., and wife Barbara, of Riverside, CA; her four children, Keith and wife Johnnie; Robert and wife Carol; Jeffrey and wife Tracy; Jeanine Hartenbower and husband Jerry; eleven grandchildren, Ethan Sprague and wife Shirley, Michael Schult, Melissa Schult, Allison Schult, Lauren Schult, Ian Schult, Karen Schult, Sean Schult, Heather Schult, Dane Hartenbower, and Derek Hartenbower.
Patrick and Pearle Pruitt says
Jeanine and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We pray you’ll be aware of God’s presence in your life and that He will bring you comfort and healing. You are an amazing woman and you’ve been a committed and caring daughter.
Love, Patrick and Pearle
John Curry says
I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ron Reid says
We will hold you and your family in our hearts and prayers during this time of loss. God Bless.
Chris Paxton says
Keith, Robert and Jeffrey, my deepest sympathy and prayers in your time of loss. Chris
Carol Harrison says
Goodbye to a very caring and gentle lady. I will think of you often and remember our times together with a smile.
Sean James says
Jeffrey, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Alan and Barb Manning says
Keith, Robert, Jeffrey and Jeanine,
May God’s riohest blessing be felt in your lives during this season of loss and temporary separation. I know you all share the comfort that comes from knowledge of God’s Word and His promises. We know that your mother’s suffering was difficult for you all to endure but now we now rejoice with you that she is freed from that bondage and in the presence of the Lord. We rest in knowing the Comforter is there for you. Should there be anything we can do for you please let us know–we count ourselves blessed to be a part of your lives.
Alan & Barb
Jan Durwood says
Keith, Robert and Jeffrey,
Your mother and father will live on the wonderful spirit and deeds you each bring daily.
My thoughts are with you,
Jan Durwood says
Keith, Robert and Jeffrey,
Your mother and father will live on through the wonderful spirit and deeds you each bring daily.
My thoughts are with you,
Mike and Lauren Clement says
Your mother was a kind and caring person. She always carried a smile. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Julie Byrd says
Jeffrey, Keith, & Robert, I’m so sorry for your loss, yet I’m happy that your parents are together again. I can still hear Shirley’s laugh, and I know she so enjoyed the time she spent with all of you! You are all in my prayers.
April Waterman says
To the Schult brothers, my prayers and condolences are with you and all of your family at such a time. May peace be with your Mother and Father.
Brian Nuffer says
Our sincere sympathies from Goodrich. Your family is in our prayers.
Melissa Thompson says
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Patti Skoglund says
Jeffrey & Family: our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Many prayers will be coming your way and peace will follow.
Neal Pinsker says
My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. You are in our prayers..
The Byers Family says
We are so sorry for your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and always. Love, Brad, Susie, Brody and Sammi
Keith Arnold says
Jeffrey, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Kelly& I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
John Hartley says
I am saddened at your losing your mother. I remember talking to her on several occasions at your business over the years. She was always very kind and helped every need we had on projects, billings etc. All her boys have meant a great deal to me and Dickinson Theatres over these many years.
Our condolences from everyone at Dickinon. John Hartley
KARENANN DENSON says
Jeffrey, Keith, Robert & all the Schult Family- I am sorry for the loss of, now, both parents. I will always remember Shirley fondly from her time working in the office. Her kindness always inspired me. She will be missed.
Bob and Lois Meehan says
Jeffrey and family
May the love that surrounds you, give you comfort in this time of sorrow. Love, Mom and Dad
Ronald Kooch says
I am sorry to hear of your loss. From the obituary, I can tell she was a wonderful, person, wife and mother. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Ray Dunlap says
JeffreyRobert- I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out you and the rest of your family.
Steve Owen says
Robert, Jeffrey, Keith, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She raised a great family. I know you will be together again. May the Lord comfort you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family.
Doug Lee says
Jeffrey, my condolences to you and all the Schult family for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Stanley and Susan Hays says
Jeffrey, our deepest condolences got out to you and your family during this difficult time.