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Obituary of Shelby E. Nielsen

Shelby E. Nielsen, 17, of Carrier Mills, IL died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:40 a.m. as the result of a traffic accident on Route 34 in Hardin County. Shelby was born on October 26, 2001 in Carbondale, IL to Keith Nielsen and the late Sarah Horton.
Shelby was a Junior at Carrier Mills/Stonefort High School. She was a current member of the Softball team; a member of the FFA; a member of the Scholar Bowl and a former member of the Volleyball team. She had already completed several courses at Southeastern Illinois College in pursuit of a Mortuary Science Degree and becoming a Mortician. Shelby was always full of life and laughter and touched so many lives.
Shelby is survived by her father, Keith Nielsen of Carrier Mills, IL; brother, Ethan Nielsen of Carrier Mills, IL; grandmothers, Kathleen (Steve) Lewis of Carrier Mills, IL, and Cathy Hunt of Carrier Mills, IL; grandfather, Bob Horton of Marion, IL; stepfather, Ryan Carey of Mt. Vernon, IL; aunt, Katie (Zack) Sanderson; great-grandmothers: Shirley Tison, Emma Horton and Kathryn Headrick; special cousin, Jillian Sanderson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Horton; grandfather, Dennis Hunt; and great-grandfather, Robert Parish.
Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Carrier Mills/Stonefort Grade School. Visitation will be held Saturday after 9 a.m. at the school. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family or the funeral home for expenses.
Felty Funeral Home in Carrier Mills, IL is assisting the family with the details.


  1. Judi Funkhouser on April 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear about Shelby. She was such a beautiful young lady. My prayers are with you. I am Trace’s great aunt and she always called me Aunt Judi!

  2. Beulah Pennell on April 26, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    My condolences to each member of the family. May God be with each of you during this most stressful time.

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