|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1947|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2007|
Shuckie Jane Overton Acton, 59, of Valdosta, Ga., formerly of Clinton Township, died Monday, June 11, 2007, in South Georgia Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Cherokee, Okla.
Mrs. Acton was raised in Altus, Okla., where she graduated from Altus High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts with a double major in deaf education and speech correction.
Her graduate work was completed at Oakland University in Rochester Hills and Wayne State University in Detroit where she completed certificates in early childhood and special education administration.
She began her career at Shawnee Park Oral Deaf School in Grand Rapids, where she taught preschool-aged children with hearing impairments and served as a patient advisor.
She moved to Clinton Township and was employed with the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) to assist in developing a program for infants and toddlers who were hearing impaired. She later served as an early interventionist and preschool specialist for children with hearing impairments and as a speech therapist in the Macomb Infant-Preschool Program. She worked with children ages birth to 3 years and their families.
At Lapeer Intermediate School District, she worked as a teacher consultant for the hearing impaired and a supervisor for the Early Intervention/Preschool Program in Special Education.
Mrs. Acton also was active in many professional organizations, serving on boards and as an officer. She authored and published professional articles, and authored and received grants for services for infants and young children with special needs and their families.
She presented professionally on national, regional, state and local levels. She retired and moved to Valdosta, where she was a parent advisor for Georgia Pines, active in assisting with Babies Can't Wait and was a newborn hearing orientation specialist.
An avid bridge player, she received her life master and was a bridge instructor for Valdosta State University's Learning in Retirement Program. She also was a manager for the Valdosta Duplicate Bridge Club and taught various groups the game she loved. She was active in the Valdosta community. She served as a board member for the Senior Citizens Center and was active in the Newborn Hearing Regional Committee.
Mrs. Acton is survived by her husband of 37 years, Ronald of Valdosta; son, Tony (fiancee Shannon Yalamas) of Phoenix, Ariz.; cousin, Nancy Glasgow of Muncie, Ind.; uncle, O.C. "Buck" Elsea of Oklahoma City, Okla.; mother-in-law, Jean Acton of St. Louis, Mich.; sisters- and brothers-in law, Carolyn and Ron Feltman of St. Louis, Mich., and Larry and Laurene Acton of Clare; six nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and -nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Marion and Phoebe Overton.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30 in the chapel at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Louis, Mich. Interment will follow the service.
Visitation is 4:30-5 p.m. today, followed by a brief memorial service, at Carson-McLane Funeral Home in Georgia.
Oak Grove Cemetery
Created by: Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
Record added: Jun 21, 2007
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