PRINCETON — Shelby J. Welsh, 81, of Princeton passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at Heartland Health Care in Henry, surrounded by her family.

Shelby was born on Nov. 14, 1938, to the late Earl and Wilma (Wilson) White in Clever, Mo. She was a graduate of Hall High School, Class of 1956. She married the late Paul E. Welsh at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton on May 5, 1962.

She was a homemaker and wonderful mother to her three children. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

She was a diehard Cardinals fan and enjoyed working with ceramics. You could catch her visiting with family and friends, she was a social butterfly and always made time to say hello to everyone. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Arizona and Texas during the cold Illinois winters. You could find her curled up with a good book or watching an old Western any day of the week. Her favorite times were spent with her family and friends, over a good meal talking about stories of days gone by. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Shelby is survived by her three children, Paula Waugamon of Wyanet, Randy Welsh of Princeton and Mike (Laurie Thomas) Welsh of Ohio, Ill.; two special boys, Colton and Conner Smith; one brother, Earl (Diana) White; two brothers-in-law, John (Judy) Welsh and Larry Flaherty; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Wilma White; her husband, Paul E. Welsh on Jan. 1, 2015; one sister, Mary Flaherty; one son-in-law, Dale Waugamon; one niece, Deb Bubon; and one nephew, Bob Welsh.

A Mass will be held at a later date and time; the family will provide an announcement in the Bureau County Republican at that time. A private burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton or Friends of Strays in Princeton.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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