Shela G. Strother


Shela G. Strother went into rest on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at the age of 61. She was born November 18, 1957, in Fort Stockton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents D.W. Varner (Tobe) and Alice Rodgers Varner.

She is survived by her husband, Emery, of Fort Stockton, Texas; and son, Trey, and wife, Rachel; and grandchildren Brianna and John Strother, of San Angelo, Texas.

She is also survived by her sister, Sherrie, and husband, Dewayne Todd, of Lubbock, Texas; nieces Page Dixon and Zohanna Todd of Lubbock, Texas; great nieces Ashley and Madison Dixon of Lubbock, Texas; and great-great nieces Cheslee and River-K of Lubbock, Texas.

Shela was born and raised in Fort Stockton. She attended Abilene Christian University, where she met her husband, Emery. They lived in Odessa and Brownfield, before moving back to Fort Stockton where she worked as a Special Needs teacher in the Fort Stockton Independent School District. Moving to Dimmit, she became a teacher’s aide and later, in Plainview, she continued working with special needs students. She helped her in-laws start Strother Flowers and Gifts, and worked as a designer. She then managed a janitorial supply company, and managed 25 rental houses for a friend in Plainview.

Moving to Dallas, she worked as an interior designer and buyer for the furniture consignment store. Eventually Emery, Shela, and their son, Trey, returned to Fort Stockton and purchased “The Flower Shop” on Jackson Street where she had worked as a young child.

It was there that she met many lifelong friends and graciously trained many designers who continued to carry on her passion of floral design. After selling the flower shop, she continued helping many lifelong friends with rides to doctor appointments, cleaning their houses, and in turn, they helped her. Her passion as a Christian and florist helped her to see the beauty in people and blessed her with a large and loving extended family.

Instead of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be sent to the Immune Deficiency Foundation at

Everyone is invited to a Remembrance Service for Shela which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 2100 W. 16th St., Fort Stockton, Texas.

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