Shelby Jean Andrews1

b. 3 May 1937, d. 10 December 2018
Shelby J. Andrews
December 10, 2018
Shelby J. Andrews
December 10, 2018
Shelby J. Andrews
December 10, 2018
     Shelby Jean Andrews was born on 3 May 1937. She died on 10 December 2018 at age 81; Shelby Andrews, 81

Shelby Jean Andrews, 81, of Waynesboro, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 10, 2018, surrounded by her family.
She was born on May 3, 1937 in Funkstown, MD, to the late William Preston Andrews and Gladys Olivia Moore Andrews.
Shelby was a 1955 graduate of Hagerstown High School and 1958 Registered Nurse graduate of Washington County Hospital where she worked and cared for so many people during her 42 year career before retiring in January of 2000.
Shelby attended and was a faithful servant of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Funkstown where she also served as a Parish Nurse. She was a member of Dixon-Troxell Post 211 in Funkstown and Amvets.
In addition to her parents, Shelby was preceded in death by her sister, Wanda Mahone, and a brother, Richard “Dick” Andrews. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle L. Semler and fiance, Scott Lorshbaugh of Greencastle, PA, granddaughters, Sarah, Hannah, and Erin, great-granddaughter, Marilyn, and her granddog, Rocky.
Family and friends are welcomed for a viewing on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 1pm-3pm at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 East Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown. A funeral service will be held at 3:00pm at the funeral home following the viewing.
Memorial donations may be made in Shelby’s memory to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 24 E Baltimore St, Funkstown, MD 21734.
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  1. January 5, 2019

    Editor’s note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail runs “A Life Remembered.” Each story in this continuing series takes a look back — through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others — at a member of the community who died recently. Today’s “A Life Remembered” is about Shelby Andrews, who died Dec. 10 at the age of 81. Her obituary was published in the Dec. 13 edition of The Herald-Mail.
    Like many of her generation, Shelby Andrews found what she needed in the county where she grew up. She grew up in Funkstown, and Shelby’s family moved to 230 Frederick St. in Hagerstown when she was 11.
    It was from that home that she walked up the hill to Washington County Hospital for nursing school after graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1955.
    Shelby’s 42-year nursing career at Washington County Hospital began in 1958, where she started out as a medical surgical nurse on 2 East and became a charge nurse.
    Daughter Michelle Semler of Greencastle, Pa., said her mom worked with a “good bunch of ladies,” who enjoyed Christmas parties and monthly Wednesday morning breakfasts together.
    She didn’t “pull any punches” with the nurses she trained and they might have been intimidated by her initially, but in the end became friends with her, Michelle said.
    Shelby lived with her parents in the Frederick Street home until Feb. 2010. She had a boyfriend and they had talked of marriage, but he ended up marrying someone else.
    She learned she was pregnant and gave birth to Michelle when she was 32. Shelby raised her daughter as a single mom with her parents’ help.
    The youngest of William Preston “Press” and Gladys Andrews’ children, Shelby had a brother and sister who were stillborn and a brother who died when he was young.
    She was raised with a brother Richard “Dick” Andrews, who died of a heart attack at age 47, and sister Wanda “Jenny” Mahone, who was the oldest. Shelby helped Jenny, who lived across the street, take care of her four daughters.
    Both parents worked at Fairchild Aircraft.
    Shelby also cared for her parents during their final years. Her father died of a stroke in 1972, and her mother died in 1973.
    Michelle recalls a time when her mother came to the aid of her and a friend when they were in about eighth grade. They were walking in the March of Dimes Walkathon on a hot Sunday afternoon.
    They got so sunburned and Michelle’s friend Leslie couldn’t walk because of blisters on her feet, so Shelby carried Leslie to the car.
    “Other than being a very caring, giving person, she never complained of anything she had to do, but she could have a temper. She didn’t have a filter and it got worse with time,” Michelle said.
    When Michelle learned she was pregnant at 17, she worried about her mother’s reaction to the news. Strategically, she told her when Shelby was taking a bath, so she wouldn’t be able to easily chase after her.
    Shelby cried when she heard the news, but went with Michelle to all of her doctor’s appointments.
    “No matter how many times I messed up or how bad, she was always there. It was unconditional love for me and my kids,” Michelle said.
    Michelle was two weeks shy of her 18th birthday when she gave birth to Sarah. Michelle lived with Shelby, who retired in 2000 not long after and helped take care of Sarah.
    “Her grandkids, she was just there. She’s always been there,” said Hannah Copenhaver of Waynesboro, Pa., the middle of Michelle’s three daughters.
    Retirement also allowed time for Shelby to volunteer as parish nurse at her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Funkstown, where she also helped with vacation Bible school and in the kitchen.
    “She was definitely a faithful servant of her church. She definitely loved that church, and that was home,” Michelle said.
    In early 2010, not long after Michelle got divorced, Shelby was given 30 days to vacate the Frederick Street house, which had been home for more than 60 years.