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Shellie Estella Dial

January 11, 1950 — December 21, 2023

Shellie Estella Dial (nee. Hauser) was born January 11, 1950 in Los Angeles California to Dorothy Estella Williams and Harold Hauser. The older of 2, she and her younger brother Keith Hauser, were raised in the LA areas. Close in age, Shellie and Keith did everything together including trips with Dad and lots of visits for horse riding where Shellie discovered her love for animals. Longing to become a veterinarian to help animals Shellie eventually realized her inability to see the surgical aspect of the job. She had to push that goal out of her mind but nature and sciences still had a hold on her.

Establishing lifelong relationships with some lovely ladies at University High School she continued to grow her love for Science. After graduating as an accomplished Saroyan, her independent nature sent her off to the other end of California. She made the trip north to San Francisco to continue her education at San Francisco State University all while growing her strong spirit of confidence and individuality. After schooling, she met a great looking Army trumpeter, Don Dial, which would soon become her husband. They married in 1976, and after Don finished up his stent with the Army band, relocated back to Southern California to start a family.

After several years of trying for a baby they finally got pregnant with their oldest son Jonathan, born in 1982. Two years later they decided to relocate to Central California to a small town called Strathmore. It was there on that 5 acre lot that they planned to raise their family. Firmly establishing into the Church of the Nazarene, Shellie's faith and love for Jesus expounded. After another two years, they were blessed with a daughter Rebekah. By this time, Shellie knew teaching was in her bones, and of course she had to teach the field of Science, her true passion right behind her Love of God.

She earned her credentials and dove right into teaching at Monache High School in Porterville California. She shared her love of physical and environmental sciences with all her students and headed up the respective club on campus. Always saving newspaper clippings and articles to share with them, her passion flourished.

Shellie was a superwoman being able to balance teaching, playing a huge part in Tulare County Right to Life office, weekly attending church and Bible studies, learning sign language to help the deaf community attending the Naz, and getting her kids involved with activities. She also made sure she was the best example of a Christian woman she could be, making sure that both Jonathan and Rebekah knew how to be good and kind humans. Shellie was selfless, to a fault, and no matter what her circumstances would do anything to help someone in need.

Anyone around Shellie knew her love for baseball. Both Don and Shellie supported, encouraged, and devoted so much of their time for Jonathan and Rebekah to dance, play soccer, and eventually commit to year round baseball and softball leagues including travel ball teams. Many nights, weekends, and long hours on the road we're spent to allow for both of her kids to have the times of their lives competing and advancing their skill levels. She was at every single game or school event she could possibly make.

Shellie was diagnosed early in life with Huntington's disease, the incurable disease that took her mother in 1984. She was also cancer prone, the disease that took her father many years prior. Shellie fought and conquered breast cancer twice. So proudly, she would tell her story of being a survivor to give others hope. Over the decades she worked closely with both UCLA and UC Davis programs and Doctors to help track the progression of HD in hopes of finding anything that could possibly slow the progression or cure the terminal disease.

After a few moves to Tulare, Fresno, Porterville and then finally settling in Visalia, she lived a great life blessed in the Grace of the Lord, even being symptomatic for 30 years, Shellie's strength and steadfastness allowed her to live independently until August of 2023. This was the year that the deterioration of her brain finally caused her to need daily help. She spent her last months under the amazing care of Brighton Post-Acute in Hanford, CA.

Her last weeks were surrounded by family and friends, filled with love and prayers. We are so thankful that your body of flesh is suffering no longer. We know you are in heaven rejoicing with your Father and that gives us great peace. We miss you so much.

Shellie has left behind her brother Keith, son Jonathan, his children Christopher and Ashlie, daughter Rebekah, and granddaughter Devony.

Arrangements are being handled by Myers Funeral Service and Crematory, 248 North E Street, Porterville, California 93257. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.myersfuneral.com

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