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Shelley Ann Hexom

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Shelley Ann Hexom, age 62, died on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 on a sunny afternoon in the comfort of her home located in San Marcos, California. Shelley battled Primary Peritoneal Cancer for three years.

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Born August 28, 1948, in Missouri to Hugh and Dorothy Crumpler, she lived in Missouri, Virginia, Turkey and Pakistan during her early years. She then settled in San Diego, California as a young adult and had two daughters, Mandy and Jamie with Brad Hexom.

She worked at UCSD for 22 years. After retiring, she lived in Montana and Florida with her husband of 11 years, James Immonen before returning to San Diego, CA to be closer to her daughters.

She enjoyed the outdoors, travelling, camping and sailing. Shelley was always up for an adventure and lived happily. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and wife. She will be missed dearly.

Last updated on: 01/19/2011


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From the Heart of Shelley’s Daughters: Mandy & Jamie

The three of us girls – Mom, Mandy and Jamie have a bond so special and strong it will never be broken. Through every moment of our life, her love was constant. Mom was nurturing and a strong soul that was filled with patience and understanding. She could find joy and laughter in any situation. She showed us how to be adventurous, be happy and maintain a positive outlook on life. We admire her fierce devotion as a mother, grandmother and friend. Her personal sacrifices allowed us to be the people we are today, we will be forever grateful. Although Mom is no longer with us, she will always be in our hearts.

‘Like a gentle wind that puts you on your toes as you smile from its embrace and feel relief from its touch, you carry on feeling loved.’

Jamie and Mandy – 01/20/2011

Fifty-six years of memories of my sister are locked in my soul and will keep my heart warm when lonely. She is a little bit of our childhood that will never be lost and I will travel there when I need comfort. Shelley’s priority were always her two daughters, Mandy & Jamie, and being a single mom through most of their
upbringing, she was always there for them every step of the way. That was her single greatest gift, I think, was to raise two wonderful daughters who have touched the lives of many and who are making the world a better place, just like their mom! To the world my sister might be one person, but to at least two people, she was their world. She will always be with me in spirit and in my heart, and will be missed but never forgotten!

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Joan Gross – 01/20/2011

Through one of Jamie’s dear friends (Kari Walch, my daughter), I was able to watch these beautiful girls grow and was able to have the privilege of knowing Shelley. I remember, so long ago, her outgoing personality and humor, and most of all, her love for her daughters. Though I hadn’t seen Shelley in many years, I will always have warm thoughts of her. I wish her beautiful daughters peace, comfort, strength and happiness in the years to come. I love you, Jamie girl!!! Hope to see you soon some day.

Dana Walch – 01/20/2011

Sweet Shelley, From the day you were born and through all the years of watching you grow into a beautiful woman, we knew you were special. Your dedication to your family and to your dear children was inspiring to watch and an example to everyone who knew you. Your life was too short, but you left behind a wonderful legacy in Mandy and Jaime. We will miss you always.

Aunt Ann Blevins – 01/20/2011

Dearest Shelly,
Your bright smile and happy personality was always an inspiration to me. I can’t remember a day when you weren’t either laughing, joking, or just smiling. Thank you for the awesome San Elijo camping trips, wild Over the Line times, and fun late night Wal-Mart runs!!!
And most of all, for raising a wonderful daughter, who I am honored to call my BEST FRIEND!! May your beautiful spirit be free at last. You will be forever missed.

Brigitte Painter – 01/21/2011

Dearest Shelley,
Your bright smile and happy personality was always an inspiration to me. I can’t remember a day when you weren’t either laughing, joking, or just smiling. Thank you for the awesome San Elijo camping trips, wild Over the Line times, and fun late night Wal-Mart runs!!!
And most of all, for raising a wonderful daughter, who I am honored to call my BEST FRIEND!! May your beautiful spirit be free at last. You will be forever missed.

Brigitte Painter – 01/21/2011

Dear,sweet Shelly,

I don’t think I can think about high school and not think of you.Those critical years of growing up with my best friend and your daughter will live in my memory forever. Your laugh was my favorite and it was contagious! Not only were you an awesome mother to your own daughters but to Brigitte, Meagan, and me as well. The many camping trips to San Elijo and the Over The Line tournaments were some of my favorite times of my young adult life.

I’m sorry I have not seen you in many years and sadly I won’t for many more. But you will live in my heart forever and one day we’ll meet again. Until then I promise to be the best friend I can to your wonderful daughter and my best friend Jamie. Because Lord knows she is wonderful to me. Thank you for her!!

Although you will be missed more than words can express, I will take comfort in knowing that God has one more angel by his side.

My love forever & always….
Kari

Kari Walch – 01/21/2011

I never had the pleasure of meeting Shelly, but from all I’ve learned from Jamie – she was an amazing woman. Strong, happy, a wonderful mother, and most of all: she had a way of always putting others before herself no matter what. She raised an intelligent, thoughtful girl who is a wonderful mother and I am proud to say is my friend. The Weninger family loves Shelly, Jamie & Mandie and will continue praying for peace in their hearts.

Jackie Weninger – 01/21/2011

I am so sorry to hear of the lose your family has suffered. Mandy & Jamie, I remember your Mom always being so kind to us when we would hang out at your house. Take comfort in knowing she is with our Heavenly Father and will always be watching over you all. Our prayers will be with you and your family. May the Lord’s peace and love comfort you in your time of need. Shelley, you will be missed.

Tina Curran-Hernandez – 01/22/2011

Shelly is my aunt. She loved her daughters very much. She was an excellent mother and friend. She was VERY close with her daughters. She always provided for them. I remember her and my mom sunbathing every Saturdaywhen were kids. Going to the beach on the weekends. Lord I had fun when she was around. Aunt Shelly wasn’t one to sit around the house. We always had a wonderful time when she was around! Her and my mom were so close when we were kids. She was always there for my mom and I. I’m going to miss her. Aunt Shelly… I will see you in heaven.

Bran Pierson – 01/24/2011

Shelly is my aunt. She loved her daughters very much. She was an excellent mother and friend. She was VERY close with her daughters. She always provided for them. I remember her and my mom sunbathing every Saturdaywhen were kids. Going to the beach on the weekends. Lord I had fun when she was around. Aunt Shelly wasn’t one to sit around the house. We always had a wonderful time when she was around! Her and my mom were so close when we were kids. She was always there for my mom and I. I’m going to miss her. Aunt Shelly… I will see you in heaven.

Bran Pierson – 01/24/2011

Dear Shelley- Although our time spent together was defintely not enough. We have been family for 9 1/2 years. When I think of you- I see a winning smile that stays with you. May peace be with Jamie and Mandy and Joan and Hugh and all the family through this time.

Natalie Pierson – 01/24/2011

Shelley’s sister, Joan is my dear close friend. I didn’t know Shelley but I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with Joan when she last visited her sister. Joan would tell me how Shelley was doing, sometimes good and sometimes not too well. However, as Joan told me about her sister, she spoke with such love, admiration and affection.I could see the sadness in her eyes and hear in her voice but I know Joan and Shelley shared a few special moments and that’s what it is about.
Shelley, I did not know you but I am one that knows how happy Joan was to see you. She will miss you and I know she loves you.
Mandy and Jamie I offer my sincere sympathy to you both. No words can express what it is like to let our loved ones go but I think your mom left this earth knowning she was and is so loved.

Sincerely,
Debbie

Debbie McBride – 01/25/2011

Such a deep asnewr! GD&RVVF

Jera Jera – 06/02/2011

Heck of a job there, it absoleutly helps me out.

Demelza Demelza – 07/13/2011

Four kids in four years! I can’t imganie. I have two, 2 years apart and i just can’t imganie it. Zac Brown’s a cool guy though God bless them.

Natali Natali – 09/03/2012