Wellington "Shady" Maupin Westbrook was born March 27, 1920, in Marshall, to Wellington and Marie (Jones) Westbrook. He passed away on August 6, 2006, at Mira Vista Care Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. Shady grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School in 1937. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team and Phi Gamma Delta. He joined the Navy at the onset of World War II and was commissioned as a Naval aviator at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. During the war he flew PBY's in the Aleutian Islands. He was also a flight instructor at Great Lakes Naval Air Station in Chicago. While training in flight school, Shady met and married Shirley Kalenius, he and Shirley were happily married for 58 years until her death in November 2000. The Westbrook family moved to Marshall, in 1955 where Shady owned and operated Westbrook's Books and gifts for 11 years. While in Marshall, he was active in many civic organizations and was a member of the school board and the park board. He also worked as news director at radio station KMMO from 1962 to 1966. He was active member of the Odell Avenue Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder, served on the Session and was devoted choir member. In 1966 Shady was hired as Marketing Director for RCAI and the relocated to Lee's Summit. He was an integral member of the group which established and marketed John Knox Village in Lee's Summit. He oversaw the development of many other retirement centers throughout the United States, including Emerald heights in Redmond, Wash. While working in Redmond, Shady and Shirley lived in Bellevue, Wash., and were members of the Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church. After his retirement, he and Shirley moved to Mount Vernon, Wash.
Shady was a friendly and outgoing man who had many friends; he was very musically inclined and had a beautiful bass voice which he enhanced many a choir. He was a devout Christian with a deep and abiding faith. He enjoyed reminiscing about flying and playing basketball and talking about Shirley and his children.
Shady was preceded in death by his wife Shirley: his parents; his sister, Mary Margaret Hoy; a nephew; Robert L. Hoy Jr.; and brothers-in law, Robert L. Hoy and Charles Swisher.
He is survived by six children: Peg Bensen of Mount Vernon, Wash., Wellington Westbrook (Linda) Seattle, Wash.; Stan Westbrook (Suzie), Tacoma, Wash.; John Westbrook (Julia) Parkville; Mary Westbrook, Brattleboro, Vt.; and Nancy Westbrook- Wakeman (Herb), Chilhowee; he also leaves his sister, Betty Swisher, Marshall; his sister-in-law, Elsie Kalenius, Burlington, Wash.; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mira Vista Care Center and the nurses and support staff from Skagit Valley Hospice for their care during this time.
Thank you also to the many friends who offered support and prayers for Shady and his family.
Private inurnment is under the direction of Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Wash. A memorial service for Shady will be held at the Fir Conway Lutheran Church on Monday, August 14th, at 1 pm, with Rev. Lee Seese of Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., officiating. (The church is handicapped accessible; the address is 18101 Fir Island Road, Conway, Wash., Exit 221.) In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Skagit Valley Hospice or a charity or your choice. Please share your thoughts of Shady and sign the online guestbook at www.hawthornefh.com
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