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Obituary: Pauline Ann (Upton Dorsett) Shelby

Pauline Ann (Upton Dorsett) Shelby

Pauline Ann (Upton Dorsett) Shelby

On June 2, 2011, our loving and kind mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Pauline Ann (Upton Dorsett) Shelby of Prescott, Ariz., lost her battle with Alzheimer's.

She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Wayne and Kathy Dorsett and Marcia (Dorsett) and Phil vanderToolen; granddaughter and husband Meghan Dorsett and Kris Van Atten; granddaughters Melissa and Erin vanderToolen; great-grandsons Marshall and Jantzen Van Atten, and Nicolas and Mathew Navarro; sisters Evelyn Row and Violet Lou Patterson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.C. "Tubby" and Violet Upton, and husband C. William "Bill" Shelby.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1932, in Globe, Ariz., and spent a short time in Superior, Ariz., before moving to Mesa. She was the youngest daughter of Tubby and Violet Upton's three girls. She graduated from Mesa High School and then ASU, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees.

Pauline's passions in life were her family and teaching. Pauline loved to visit family and would make several trips a year to see them in Arizona and California. She was also fortunate enough to have traveled to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, and to her favorite, Cholla Bay, Mexico, where she would spend her winters.

She started her 32-year educational career in Roswell, N.M., thereafter working for the ASU Laboratory School, Tempe Unified School District, Burlingame (CA) School District, and finished her career in Mesa Public Schools by opening Ishikawa Elementary School as their Principal. Pauline also had a long list of educational affiliates and positions with them. She was past president of Association of Classroom Teachers of the Arizona Education Association, Burlingame Education Association, a member of the Coordinating Council and Advisory Group on Education Planning for the Arizona State Legislature, and presented workshops for the National Education Association. She dedicated her life to education, and she had a large, extended "education family" that she loved.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church, 6901 East Horizon Lane, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; phone: 928- 772-7602. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Sunrise Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit to visit and sign the online guestbook.

Information provided by survivors.


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