Shelby Jean Newton, 72, of Orange, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010 at Christus Hospital – St. Mary in Port Arthur. Funeral services to remember her life will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 3 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Rite of committal will follow services in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Born on Nov. 12, 1937 in Ragland, Ala. to parents, Tillman St. John and Beatrice (Phillips) St. John, she lived in Orange since 1956 and retired in 2003 as a food service worker for the Bridge City High School. Shelby was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She worked hard in her life to meet the needs of her family. Shelby enjoyed cooking and had worked in the cafeteria at the Chevron Refinery in Orange. She and her husband had owned and operated Newton’s Grocery in Orange.

Shelby is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe G. Newton; brother, Roger St. John; and her sister, Geraldine Barber.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her son, Joey Newton and his wife, Hollie of Orange; daughters, Sheila McGuire and husband, Steven of Orange, Lisa McCabe of Palestine, Texas and Vicki Fontenot and husband, Tommy of Mauriceville; her brother, Kenneth St. John and wife, Carol of Mauriceville; her grandchildren, Brad Newton, Rachel McCabe, Aaron McGuire, Cody Newton, Kimberly Joslin and Hunter Fontenot; great-grandchildren, Conner and Presley Newton, Madelin and Camdin Joslin and one on the way. Shelby is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.