Betty Lou (Schnaus) Shelley, 84, Franklin

Betty Lou (Schnaus) Shelley, 84, of Franklin, Ind., passed away on October 5, 2021, at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida.

She was born October 5, 1937, in Ireland, Ind., to Albert Schnaus Sr. and Cecelia Anastasia (Dick) Schnaus.

She married James H. Shelley on May 14, 1960, in Ireland. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2003.

She was a 1955 graduate of Ireland High School where she had been a cheerleader and had perfect attendance all through high school. She had been an assistant manager for Mac’s Steakhouse in Franklin from 1975 until 1986. Betty was an avid Pacers fan, enjoyed playing bingo at the Franklin Senior Citizens Center, attending sporting events of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a seamstress and enjoyed sewing.

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Lockwood (Roger) of Surprise, Ariz., Suzie Watson (Jim Watson-deceased) of Nineveh, Ind., Lisa Duckworth of Bradenton, Fla., Carma Barnes (David DeWitt) of Franklin, Ind., and Lori Dyer-Smith (Jeff) of Whiteland, Ind.; 18 grandchildren, Brent Lockwood, Brittany Lockwood, Jeni Guffy (Lee), Andy Watson (Danielle), Heather McManus (Dan), Josh Watson (Emily), Savannah Necessary (John), Dustin Boyd (Autum), Alicia Cyrnek (Kevin), Angel Duckworth, Carley Barnes, Corey Barnes, Chloe Barnes, Heidi Kennard (Andy), Briana Dyer, Whitney Dyer (Dylan Collett), Kaleb Dyer, and Payton Smith; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha Stenftenagel of Jasper and Annie Burger of Jasper.

She was preceded in death by her parents Albert Schnaus Sr. and Cecelia Anastasia (Dick) Schnaus, her husband James H. Shelley, an infant son Anthony Raymond Shelley, a son in law James A. “Jim” Watson, brothers LeRoy Schnaus, Sylvester Schnaus, Albert Schnaus Jr., Virgil Schnaus, Robert Schnaus, Larry Schnaus and Edward Schnaus.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 6. p.m. until 8 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, Ind. Father Joseph F. Erbacher will conduct a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church 2829 North 500 West in Jasper, IN with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

Burial will be in St. Mary Church Cemetery in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 8604 Allisonville Road Suite 140 Indianapolis, IN 46250 or at

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