Elaine Kanter Shelton was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Katherine Mayer Kanter and Roy Kanter on June 21, 1943 and passed away on January 4, 2018. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School. She left Dallas to attend The University of Texas and made Austin her home for the rest of her life. She married Gary Frank Shelton on August 8, 1964. They were married for 51 years until his death on December 17, 2015.
Elaine was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in Psychology and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Antioch College. She enjoyed a long career in adult education, serving as project director of several national projects, including a competency-based high school diploma program for adults for which she was the primary developer. She also was invited to Germany three times to read adult basic education proposals for the U.S. Army personnel and their dependents. In 1988, she was elected President of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and in 1997 was inducted as a charter member into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.
Prior to their retirement, Elaine and Gary traveled most of the countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia, where they made some cherished friends. After their retirement, they pursued their passion for travel and cruised to many locales, including through the Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China. Elaine also volunteered as a member of the Curriculum Committee of UT's LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature People) for 12 years.
She will be interred privately next to Gary and her parents in the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Mausoleum in Pflugerville. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations to honor her memory are asked to make them to Austin Pets Alive!
In accordance with her wishes, there will not be a service. However, a visitation will be held on Sunday, January 7th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 2620 South Congress, Austin, Texas 78704 from 2-4 p.m. to honor her memory.