Shalandra "Shelly" D. Ardell, a devoted Jehovah's Witness of Valparaiso, IN, passed away April 4, 2019 at the age of 47.

A graduate of Portage High School, she excelled in golf, gymnastics, and track, in which she also set several long-standing records. In addition, she enjoyed an illustrious modeling career before briefly attending Indiana University Bloomington on a track scholarship. She returned home and graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a degree in Nursing, after which she worked at several hospitals and clinics in the region, including St. Mary's in Hobart.

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Those whom she cared for remember her as warm, attentive, and empathetic. She is survived by her children, Alexis Anthonijsz (Caleb) and Kaylei Koester; her grandchildren, Jaxon and Amelia; her parents, D'Maris Ardell (nee Robinson) and Barry Ardell; and her brother, Shane Ardell (Dana).

A Time of Sharing will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN. www.burnsfuneral.com

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