Shelley M. (Potts) Brodie
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Shelley M. (Potts) Brodie , Age: 67
June 08, 1950 -- April 08, 2018

Shelley was born on June 8, 1950 in Ashley/Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. She was baptized Roman Catholic as a baby and continued to be a devout Catholic. She is the third of four children born to Stanley John and Violet Kordelski (Pucylowski) Potts. Jody was born in 1942, Robert in 1944, and Alan in 1951. The family name originally was Pucylowski but Shelley’s parents found it difficult for many to pronounce so legally changed it to Potts in 1951. The Potts family moved from Ashley/Wilkes Barre to Spotswood, New Jersey in 1951 and lived there until moving to Orlando, Florida in April, 1958.

Shelley and her Dad had a close relationship from the day she was born. Shelley’s Mom worked 2nd shift so her Dad cared for her when he was home. Shelley was a happy, curious, and playful little girl. Shelley was also close to her mother and every time she would see a butterfly, she had a moment of remembrance of her loving mother, who also had a love of butterflies.

Shelley was very popular in high school; her grades were excellent; was a majorette and a homecoming princess, and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1968. Orlando was Shelley’s playground. She enjoyed everything and adapted to southern outdoor living quickly. She learned to sew like a master seamstress, swim like a dolphin, water ski like a bird flying across the water and to drive her first car.

In the fall of 1968, Shelley enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she met and fell in love with her future husband, Steven Brodie, an accomplished swimmer who was training for the Olympics. In 1970, Shelley and Steven, young and in love, left the University of Florida to crew for a large luxury yacht moored in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Soon after, they married and Nathan Shoffner Brodie was born December 14, 1970. With the birth of Nathan, Shelley and Steven moved to Stuart, Florida living next door to her sister, Jody. Steve worked as a country club life guard and Shelley became a #1 Mother and wife. Shelley, Steve, and Nathan moved to Kansas in 1973.

Shelley graduated from Kansas University Cum Laude with a B.A degree in Environmental Studies. During her final year at KU, Shelley served as an intern at USGS in Lawrence. Shelley was a very hard worker and with her mission to be the best mother and provider of her son, Nate, she worked at least two or three jobs at a time with administrative and restaurant work. Accolades during KU studies included being Research Appointee at Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Washington State the summer of 1979. In 1981-1983, she worked as a Hydrologic Technician at USGS in Lawrence.

Shelley was a true flower child! She loved flowers, nature, people and this planet. She accepted things equally and treated all equally. There was no crime, no indiscretion she could not forgive and forget. Shelley’s smile could light up any room at a moments notice, just ask anyone who were fortunate to know her.

Even in her 20s & 30s, Shelley had a wanderlust nature, so with friends in tow they took several trips to include Oregon, Colorado, New York, Canada and the Bahamas. The trip to Oregon came after all three of her closest friends quit their jobs at the same time and at the same company. That company lost three really good workers that day and Shelley was the instigator behind this adventure. Nate accompanied and was cared for by Shelley and her friends on this exciting trip.

Shelley has always had a love for the Kansas City area, even though she was a Florida gator girl. She loved the community feeling and cherished the fact the people were the friendliest folks she had ever met.

Shelley became a dedicated employee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and served faithfully and energetically for thirty-one years. She was so proud to work for the EPA and became passionate about environmental issues. She participated on the Kansas City Corporate Challenge representing EPA in the swimming events. She enthusiastically encouraged EPA staff to get involved and to participate in these events, as she led the charge cheering for EPA and participating in the Corporate Challenge events.

Shelley was active for many years with fundraising, participating, and supporting Good Shepherd’s Sister Community of El Buen Pastor after her traveling with delegations from the church to El Salvador. One the issues the Church struggled with was getting visas for members of the Sister City Community to travel back to Shawnee to talk about the United States - El Salvador relationship and U.S. funding of their civil war. Teresa Aley, the leader of the Sister City Community and a very good friend of Shelley within the church, coordinated regular visits to Congressman Moore’s office for him to learn about the life in El Salvador. Thru these endeavors, the Sister City Community received visas to enable them to travel to Shawnee, Kansas. Shelley hosted and sponsored the Sister Community participants in her home on several occasions with her gracious and loving hospitality.

Shelley was very active in the Democratic Party on the local level by working on campaigns for positions for City Councils, state senate and representatives, and community college trustees. She loved the campaign work that involved door-to-door and telephone discussions. People loved visiting with her no matter the position or race as they experienced a knowledgeable and passionate person who believed in the process and our freedom to vote. She was very generous with her financial donations and gave large dollar donations to many candidates as she believed in their message and goal to serve.

Shelley was heavily involved with Johnson County Democratic Women and Johnson County Democratic Party as a precinct committeewoman. She was a dream volunteer to all those who sought her help in getting their message out to the public. In the spring of 2014 Johnson County Democratic Party officials worked to recruit Shelley to run for State Representative and after many weeks of deliberation she decided to not run. She chose instead to continue to be the passionate volunteer and the call for progress.

Candidates loved having Shelley at their phone banks as she would win over potential voters. Logan Heley’s race was her last race in 2016. She went door to door for him for weeks.

Nate even drove her around from door to door in the middle of the summer heat as it was during this campaign she began to feel ill. She was diagnosed with cancer in October, 2016.

Shelley was a consummate active community service leader by fundraising and supporting many good causes and was especially passionate about the Sierra Club and the United Way.

Shelley loved people and she demonstrated that love as a member of the KC Ski Club and Singles of Nativity, joining both around the year 2000. The ski club lured her onto ski trips throughout the Colorado Rockies where she felt a spiritual drawing to the beauty of God’s creation. She traveled with the ski club to Spain, Germany, Aruba, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Although she loved the ski area, she did not master the slope but instead marveled the great skiers. Shelley’s work began at Après Ski time where throngs of people gathered to celebrate the day. She knew no stranger and became friends of strangers from all over the US. Shelley stood out to others as one of the friendliest and most energetic person they had ever met. She actively collected people for lake parties during the summer to join on her friend Jerry’s boat. We all give Shelley credit for introducing us to the many people that she knew as “more is better” and that also included the quality of time with each person.

The Road Scholar travel program became an interest to Shelley in 2016. This program extended her love of this planet’s knowledge, culture and environment. Her first trip was to Costa Rica with people from all over the US and she remained in contact with some of the participants until the end. Other trips included a river cruise in Europe, the Northwest and Sedona. She always had a smile on her face and she loved her life and everyone in it.

The Singles of Nativity provided Shelly with continued learning through Bible study and association with dear friends. Friendships developed that strengthened all our faith in our trusting and loving ways of serving and helping others. She will leave a void in all of our lives and we will miss her warm smile and her boisterous laughter. Shelley has been a true warrior since being diagnosed and fought it to the end. She was not a quitter. She loved her son Nate and his dog Bode with all her heart, mind, body, and soul. They were a constant at her bedside and that warmed her heart.

Shelley will be a shining star in heaven and will be joyous as she reunites with parents and friends that have gone before her. Shelly will be the first to greet us when it’s our time and we are absolutely positive that God will give her the job of “Greeter” in Heaven. She knows that job well. Farwell dear friend we will miss you and look forward to a grand reunion.

Shelley is predeceased by her parents, her grandparents, Aunt Eleanor Ginley, Uncle Raymond Pucylowski, Uncle Chester Makowski, Uncle Francis Makowski and most recently, cousin Maureen Makowski Pranio.

Shelley is survived by her dearly loved son, Nathan, Lenexa, Kansas; her brothers Robert Potts; Alan Bonner and sister-in-law Suzanne and nephews Samuel and Andrew who reside in Arizona. Additionally, her sister Jody Bond; niece Kelly Pelletier (Paul) and great nephews Paul Jr and Riley; niece Tracy Ferguson (Chris) and great nephew Cade; and Uncle Joseph Pucylowski (Gail) all reside in Florida.

A celebration of her life will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 12800 W. 75th Street, Shawnee, KS; Inurnment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to World Wildlife Fund at

Additional Service: Celebration of Life
Location: Porter Funeral Home
Address: 8535 Monrovia Street
City: Lenexa
State: KS
Zip Code: 66215
Date: April 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Additional Service: Funeral Mass
Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Address: 12800 W. 75th Street
City: Shawnee
State: KS
Zip Code: 66216
Date: April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.
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Jane St John April 13, 2018

Friend of the family Excelsior Springs , Missouri

Nate - what a beautiful tribute to your mom. I remember having lunch with her back in the day, and she was such a warm, loving person. I know the two of you were very close, and I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.

Halle Utter April 14, 2018

friend CENTENNIAL , Colorado

Wishing you wonderful memories to help you heal and cope with your loss. Shelley was a strong fascinating woman who will be missed by many.

Kay Heley April 15, 2018

Fellow Democrat Overland Park , Kansas

Dear Nathan and family, I will always have fond memories of knocking doors with Shelley, her passion for Sierra Club and our environment and her ability to stay positive even when people or events or her own health issues were frustrating or seemed insurmountable. Cancer sucks! I pledge to plant another garden of native butterfly-attracting plants to honor her spirit and dedication. Take care of each other.

Terry G. French April 18, 2018

Friend Kansas City , Missouri

I was stunned and greatly saddened to hear of your loss, Nate. I know how close you and Shelley were. Shelley was one of those rare people genuinely beautiful inside and out, a warm, giving and loving human being. We are all better people for having had her in our lives.

Patricia L. Maxwell April 21, 2018

Friend from EPA Kansas City , Missouri

Dear family of Shelly, My heart goes out to you knowing how impossible it will be to fill the huge void Shelly has left in your lives. She was so special, loving, friendly, caring, and she always had a hug and a smile to share. How I wished and prayed she would beat that evil that took her. But I know she fought hard and is in a better place now. May she rest in happiness and peace in the arms of God.