Longtime Lebanon Businesswoman Passes

Longtime Lebanon businesswoman Delores Montgomery Shadel passed away Saturday. Mrs. Shadel was the youngest of five children born to Hershel and Retha Montgomery on August 14, 1930, in Phillipsburg, Missouri. She married T.J. Shadel in 1950, and he preceded her in death in October 2010.

T.J. and DeLores founded Colonial Funeral Chapel (now Shadel’s Colonial Chapel) in 1957, and this began her devotion to serving the families of Lebanon and the surrounding counties. DeLores nurtured families during their loss as if she were caring for her own. She comforted them on a level of understanding that can only be described as personal. She gave them the ability to grieve and gave freely of her testimony and strong faith. Delores remained at the chapel until 2019 when her health began to fail.

Delores is survived by two sons, Rusty and his wife Marcia of Lebanon, and Ricky and his wife Mary Jo of Osage Beach, along with four grand and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be this evening at five at Shadels Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, with the funeral service on Wednesday at 11 at Shadels. Memorials are suggested to the Lebanon High School Choir Program and may be left at Shadels Colonial Chapel in Lebanon.