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Shelly Stone, 60

Shelly Stone of Thief River Falls, MN, age 60, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church In Thief River Falls from 5:00 – 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM and also one hour prior to the funeral.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Berrnard’s on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11:00. Officiating at the Mass will be Father Rick Lambert and Msgr Tim McGee. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery.
Shelly Renae Erickson was born January 9, 1956 in Greenbush, MN daughter of Lloyd and Goldie (Anderson) Erickson. She graduated from Greenbush High School in 1974. In 1976, she earned a Degree of Occupational Proficiency in Cosmetology at what is now Northland College in Thief River Falls.
Shelly entered the United States Army on August 30, 1976 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on September 9 1981. While stationed in Izmir, Turkey, Shelly met the love of her life Steve Stone. They were united in marriage in Izmir on September 1, 1979. 
Following their wedding they traveled back to the states to meet their new families, The first stop was to Glens Falls, NY to meet Steve’s side then on to Thief River to meet Shelly’s. After the honeymoon, Steve returned to Izmir and Shelly flew to her new assignment in Oslo, Norway. Steve joined Shelly in Oslo four months later. That was the only time they were apart during their nearly 37 year marriage. 
While stationed in Norway, their daughter Stephanie was born on December 18, 1981. They returned to the states in 1984 when Steve went into Army Recruiting. On December 10, 1986 while stationed in Portage, IN, their son Scott was born in Chicago. In 1989 they moved to Schenectady, NY where Steve finished his career with duty in Albany, NY.
Following Steve’s retirement from the Army in 1994, the family relocated to Thief River Falls where Shelly was employed at the Quick Print Center and later Digi-Key, In 1998, Shelly was hired as the Director of the Life Care Center in Thief River Falls. As a result of her tireless Pro Life work many lives that may have been aborted were saved. Due to ill health she was forced to retire in 2009.
Shelly enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, including summers at the lake. She also spent many hours volunteering at the Thief River Care Center and was active at St. Bernard’s Church as a Confirmation Group Leader, Youth Formation and Eucharistic Minister. In her spare time, she enjoyed visiting and lunch with close friends and family in addition to watching Fox News.
Shelly is survived by her husband of 36 years, Steve of Thief River Falls, MN; children Stephanie (Cole Bernier) Homme of Oklee, MN and Scott (Gretchen) Stone of Richfield, MN; grandchildren Lillian Homme, Bella Hoglo, Emma Stone and Harley Bernier. Siblings Rodney (Sonja) Erickson of Hallock, MN, Dean Erickson of Thief River Falls, MN, Floyd Erickson of Thief River Falls, MN, Sandra (Harold) Beito of Wannaska, MN and numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Owen Weckworth, brother Gary Erickson, sister-in-law Arlene Erickson, nephew Jason “Bubba” Erickson, niece Jackie Erickson and her dear friend Sylvia Jensen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Life Care Center of Thief River Falls.

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