She was born on Jan. 12, 1928, to Richard and Caroline (Elmer) Shively in the family home at Walnut that was built by her grandfather and was where she lived her entire life. As a young girl, she grew up in Walnut and was a graduate of Walnut High School.
On April 12, 1950, she married Jack Modica in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut.
She worked two years at the Burlington Factory in Chanute and was employed 15 years by USD 248 in the Walnut school cafeteria.
She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie, a former member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut and a member of the Altar Society at both churches. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Walnut Ruritan Club, where she had served as vice president and secretary. She also served as a project leader and community leader in Walnut Wonder Workers 4-H Club over 20 years.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Modica of the home in Walnut; a son, William J. “Bill” Modica of Beaumont, Texas; three daughters, Margaret L. “Maggi” Modica of Dallas, Shirley A. Johnson and her husband, Ken, of Parsons and Carolyn J. Grillot and her husband, Dave, of Pittsburg; six grandchildren, Scott Grillot, Adam Grillot and his wife, Ashley, Alan Grillot, Sarah Modica, Austin Johnson and Kendra Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, Spencer Grillot and Robyn Grillot.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Shively.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Walnut. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the church, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary in parish hall.
Memorials are suggested to the Ruritan Club in Walnut or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.