Prudence Virginia Shackleton, 90, of Palm City, FL, died March 11, 2010 at her residence.
Mrs. Shackleton was born on Oct. 12, 1919 to Marie Sophie and Abram Beaman Atkins in Poughkeepsie, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Cartmell Shackleton, in January of 1987. She is survived by two sons, Robert Douglas Shackleton and wife Joyce and Lawrence Cartmell Shackleton Jr. and wife Julie, as well as three daughters, Carolyn Marie Shackleton, Dorothy Ann Shackleton and Virginia Lea Miller and husband Tom. Other survivors include 13 grandchildren and their families: Burt Shackleton, his wife Jill and eight children, Gail Westerhoff and her two children, Scott R. Shackleton his wife Jada and one child, Donnie McClelland his wife Brooke and two children, Jessica Shackleton, Debra Antonangeli, her husband Paul and one child, Christopher Shackleton, his wife Shauna and four children, Jason Shackleton, his wife Toni and two children, Stephanie Dyer, her husband Rod, Scott M. Shackleton, his wife Amy and three children, Kelli Yuzon, her husband Ray, Brad Shackleton and one child, Kerri Miller and one child.
Mrs. Shackleton graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and also Poughkeepsie Business Institute. She was employed as a secretary at Western Printing and Lithographic Co. and A.C. Dutton Lumber Co., both in Poughkeepsie, NY. She lived in Forest Hills, Pittsburgh, PA for 33 years where she raised her children and became a professional volunteer. She was a Cub Scout mother for five years and a Girl Scout Leader and neighborhood chairman for 15 years. She was also secretary and program director for the Forest Hills Recreation Board as well as president of the American Field Service of the Churchill Area for many years. During that time she hosted several foreign exchange students.
Mrs. Shackleton retired in August of 1977 and moved to Stuart, FL. There she attended writing classes at the Martin County Adult Education Program for many years and wrote several books. She was an active dancing member of the Pearl Schriar Review for 17 years and entertained locally as well as state wide including Disney World.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Stuart, FL and served as secretary for Esther Circle for many years.
Memorial Contibutions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice
, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.
A Memorial Celebration will be held on Monday, March 15, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Stuart, with the Rev. Phillip Short officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart,FL.