Shelli Essa Shelli went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2018. She passed away at the age of 51, surrounded by her loving family. Shelli was a vibrant individual, a deeply devoted mom, passionate wife and loving teacher. She had a contagious smile and an infectious laugh. She was an incredibly generous person with an enormous heart that impacted the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Children always held a special place in her heart. She always made time to create a magical space for children, not just for her own. If they needed a hug or to be held, she offered love without hesitation. Shelli had a love and passion for children’s literature and loved reading books to kids. Her bright passionate spirit will always be remembered.

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  1. My heart is literally broken. I will miss my dear friend so much. I’ve known Shelli for almost 20 years when she took care of my baby in her daycare. To this day that 20 year old baby had a great relationship with Shelli and enjoyed her stories. Let’s face it, Shelli was hands down the best story teller. I (and my girls) could listen to her and laugh for hours, and actually did on many occasions. I still cannot believe she’s gone and that we won’t be getting together as usual for our dinners and movies. She was truly what defines a great friend. I can honestly say she was ALWAYS there in good and bad times. She was the best party planner and the most thoughtful person. It was not rare to find flowers on my porch when I was going through a hard time or literally bags of Christmas presents for my whole family when we were going through a difficult financial time. I cannot bare the thought of not sharing upcoming life events with her. My only little bit of comfort comes in knowing she’s completely pain free and would tell me to “really, you have got to pull it together right now”. Thank you my sweet friend for amazing memories and for loving my girls and my family the way you did. Can’t wait to see you again. I love you.

  2. I will never forget Shelli. She loved my Lukie and was such a wonderful friend to me. I remember her laugh and her real genuine kindness. I can not believe that she gone. I look forward to seeing her one day again. Our love to Mike and all the family.

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