Shelby Jean Rayfield, lovingly known as Shelby, departed from this world on September 26, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and kindness.
The daughter of Guy and Mable Begley, she was born on May 2, 1943, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and grew up in the Stoutland area. At Stoutland High School, she was an enthusiastic cheerleader who cheered on her peers with great spirit.
Family held a special place in Shelby's heart. She loved her husband, Franklin, dearly and cherished the moments they shared traveling together with friends by their side. These experiences allowed them to create cherished memories that will forever be treasured. Time spent with Shelby was filled with smiles and laughter, and she was always there to quietly support her loved ones.
Outside of her professional and social commitments, Shelby found solace in simple pleasures. She immersed herself in the world of literature, finding joy within the pages of countless books. She also took great pride in creating a warm and inviting home, and spent many hours working in her flower beds.
Shelby Jean Rayfield is survived by her beloved husband Franklin Rayfield, stepdaughter Angie Rayfield, stepson Tom Rayfield and his grandson, Mason Kitzi, and her brother Keith Begley, his wife Cherie, and their extended family. Although she has departed from this earthly realm, Shelby's spirit lives on within the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Services honoring Shelby's life will be held at Longview Funeral Home, located at 12700 SE Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO 64149. The visitation will take place on October 6, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Following that, a graveside service will be held at Longview Cemetery on the same day, starting at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Shelby's honor to the Terrace Lake United Methodist Church https://tlumc.churchtrac.com/give.