Shirley Jean Azelton

Age 99, of Holt, MI, passed away December 4, 2022. She was born April 17, 1923, in Lansing, MI, to H. Gail and Jessie Springer.

Shirley received her bachelor’s degree in languages from MSU, where she met her future husband, Robert P. Azelton, Sr. She ran her husband’s veterinary clinics in Mobridge, SD, and St. Joseph, MO. She loved water aerobics with her best friend, Darlene. Shirley was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cherished her time spent with family. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her daughters, Katherine Azelton and Janet Fritts; daughter-in-law, Sharon Bell; grandson, Robert Perry (Ronda) Azelton III; 2 great-grandchildren, Perry and Reagan Azelton; nieces and nephews, Joanna Lilford, Laurel Andonian, Jeff Springer, Richard Azelton, and Nancy Jackson; Pat Aberle; and many great-nieces and nephews and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Azelton, Sr. DVM; son, Robert P. Azelton, Jr.; adopted son, Bock Aberle; sister, Carolyn Knibbs; and brother, Clyde Springer.

Inurnment will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023, on her 100th birthday, between her husband and son, in St. Joseph Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham County Animal Shelter. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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