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Shella Kay Wineinger, 57, of St. Joseph, MO

Shella Kay Wineinger, 57, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at a local hospital following a lifelong illness.

Shella Kay Wineinger, 57, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at a local hospital following a lifelong illness.

Shella was born March 24, 1956 to Galen Wayne Sr. and Elizabeth Opal Ray Higdon in St. Joseph, where she resided her entire life.

In 1974 she graduated Benton High School. She was a charter member of Community Christian Church. On April 29, 1977, she married William Wineinger. Shella was a homemaker. She volunteered with CASA and also was a licensed hairdresser. She enjoyed creative writing, spending time with her grandchildren and family outings.

Preceding her in death was her father, Galen Higdon Sr.; brother Forest Frederick Higdon and nephew Thomas Ray Higdon.

Survivors include her husband William of 36 years; her mother and step-father Elizabeth and Rudy Mejia; son Bill Clayton (Lacy) Wineinger; brother, Galen Jr. (Lou Anne) Higdon, of St. Joseph; half-brother, Mark Paul Cannon, of Kansas City, Mo; step-brother, Joey Mejia, of St. Joseph; step-sister, Terresa (Pepe) Rodriguez, of Raytown, Mo; two grandchildren, McKinley Marie and Hudson Wade Wineinger; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Community Christian Church with pastor Brian Williams officiating. Interment will follow service in Bethel Cemetery, DeKalb, Mo. Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Friday, at Clark-Sampson Funeral Home, where family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Community Christian Church.

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