Frances Mae Callison Shultz left this world on November 8, 2018 to join many loved ones, both family and friends, in heaven. She was born April 29, 1922 in Princewick, West Virginia to Sidney Burton and Evie Jane Callison. Following the death of her mother when she was only 2 years old, she was raised by her father and step-mother, Etta Elizabeth Wood Callison in several small coal-mining towns in West Virginia. The family eventually moved to Beckley, West Virginia where she lived until her marriage to Martin Luther Shultz on March 16, 1944.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane Aliff and Nancy Parker; two beloved grandsons, Matt Parker and Tommy Aliff; two sisters, Barbara Charlton and Judy Raif; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Martin Shultz; cherished brother, Sidney Burton Callison and sister, Eugenia Agee; a son-in-law, Wayne Aliff; and many dear friends.
Mae worked at GE in Salem, Virginia until retirement. She spent her retirement years traveling and serving in many volunteer roles. She taught Sunday school at Ridgewood Baptist Church where she was a charter member and served in many capacities.
Her church and church family were very important to her for more than 60 years. She also served as a Literacy Volunteer, teaching English to several Cambodian refugees after the Vietnam War. Mae was also a dedicated volunteer at the Baptist Friendship House, tutoring children in the after-school program, and teaching in the Ladies’ Bible Study Class. She served on the Roanoke Valley Baptist Disaster Relief feeding team during flooding in Southwest Virginia when she was in her early 80’s. This is but a short list of her volunteer services; she remained dedicated to many charities until she was in her mid-80.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lotz Funeral Home Salem. A Graveside service will be 2 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Sherwood Memorial Park.
The family wishes to express our deep appreciation to the staff of Snyder Nursing Home in Salem, Virginia for the excellent and compassionate care they provided. They helped to ease Mae’s distress as she lost the ability to care for herself, and made the transition from her earthly life as comfortable as was possible.