Shelagh R. Stull, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 9, 1943, died peacefully surrounded by family on the morning of December 25, 2022, in her home on Jordan Avenue in Crofton, Maryland.
Shelagh was adopted by Cecil and Ruth Jordan, raised in various towns in England and completed her schooling at Ackworth School. She flew from London to San Francisco in 1963 and worked in the San Francisco Bay area as a nanny and then as a receptionist at the PaloAlto Medical Clinic for many years. She met her husband, Gene, on a blind date arranged by mutual friends and they were married in Portola Valley in 1971. While in California Shelagh took on her greatest role as “Mum”, having her two kids. Kathryn was born in 1972 and not long after Michael came along in 1975. Gene’s career with Lockheed Martin took the young family from west to east coast in 1975 where they settled in Crofton, Maryland.
While her children were growing up in Crofton, Shelagh built a successful home cake baking business, was an accomplished seamstress and was very active in community affairs. Anyone who knew Shelagh would note that she would do anything for her kids and their friends – and would tell you exactly what she thought (whether you wanted to hear it or not). For many years she was involved with the Crofton Athletic Council, the Crofton Kiwanis Club, Crofton Swim & Tennis Club, Crofton Woods Elementary, Crofton Jr. High and Arundel High School. If anyone went to the school health room in the 80s or early 90s they knew Mrs. Stull. Her cakes, caramel bars, dresses, and knitted blankets were labors of love and gifts to all who received them.
As her kids grew, Shelagh transitioned from the home to the golf course where she served as a golf course marshal at the Crofton Country Club and Glen Dale Golf Course.
Shelagh and Gene loved to travel. Their international trips took them to Rio, Northern Ireland, England, Italy (Rome, Florence, Piza and Venice), Aruba, Costa Rica and Australia (where she was thrilled to pet a kangaroo and koala, and bring back opal jewelry). Closer to home their travel included South Carolina, VA Beach and many of the national parks — the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia and Denali. However, a favorite vacation was visiting Hawaii with Gene before they married.
The role she treasured the most was the one of grandmother (aka: GMum or GrandMum) to Ella, Haden, Claire and soon to be baby boy Stull.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Julia Doe and brother, John Jordan. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gene, daughter Kathryn (husband Scott, daughter Ella and son Haden) and son Michael (wife Amanda and daughter Claire); as well as her sister-in-law Grace Jordan and extended family in the UK.
In remembrance, the family asks that donations be directed to the Salvation Army.