Shelby Marie Phillips, 33, left this world on June 3, 2014. Shelby was born Oct. 7, 1980 in Leon, to Laura Alice Sloan McMurry and Douglas Dwight Fetters. She grew up a small town girl for the majority of her life, living in the towns of Allerton, Corydon, Numa, Chariton and Centerville. She participated in many sports, softball and volleyball being her favorites. She graduated from Wayne Community School in 1999 and went on to Indian Hills Community College in Centerville earning an associate degree.
In 2005 she married her best friend, James Oren Phillips, and they were blessed with three sons, Coby James Phillips, Hudson Edward Phillips and Sloan Anthony Phillips.
Shelby liked the Iowa Hawkeyes and the New York Jets. She and James enjoyed having people over to watch the Hawkeye football games as well as going with family and friends to Iowa City to tailgate and watch them play. Shelby also liked laying out in the sun and enjoyed floating down the river with James and other friends and family. She just loved being around people. She had a smile that seemed to light up a room and her happiness was often contagious. She was the kind of girl that might fight against you one day and fight for you the next. Shelby loved music, dancing and singing karaoke. She was usually the life of the party. But what she loved the most was her family. She had an extremely close relationship with her mother and two “seestors” Amy Tibai and Lizabeth Florez.
Shelby is survived by her husband, James Phillips; children Coby, Hudson and Sloan Phillips; mother, Laura McMurry and father Douglas Fetters; other father figures, John Susin and Stephen Foster; her brothers C.J. McMurry, John Susin II and Joey Taylor; sisters, Neely McGrann and Jesi Fetters; father-in-law, Edward Phillips; mother-in-law, Carol Phillips; brother-in-law, Jason (Tina) Phillips; nephews, Ethan Leise, Carter and Seth McMurry, Dalton McGrann and Grayson Felix; nieces, Sabryna Leise, Bethany and Maryssa McMurry and Aazilynn McFelix; nephews, Jacob, Torie and Carson; and niece, Zoe Phillips; grandparents, Joan Sloan, Barb Fetters and Joe and Lori Sloan; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends no less important to her.