From an early age, he demonstrated a keen aptitude for music and was a member of several select choirs during his high school and college years. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, with continuing Master's studies in Choral Conducting. He was a vocal music teacher at Carver Middle School in Tulsa in 1976 and 1977, and then left teaching to pursue a successful career in financial management.
Steve and his wife Gerry moved to Eureka Springs in 2000 where they owned and operated A Garden of Dreams, lodging and wedding chapel, and organized PaperMoon Attractions, a music and event promotion company.
It was during his eight years in Eureka Springs he undertook personal study of Celtic music and culture and discovered his own Irish roots. He performed with and served as president of Eureka Theatre Company, sang for and served on the board of the Ozarks Chorale and was a member of the First United Methodist Church Choir in Eureka Springs.
Rekindling his passion for music in Eureka Springs brought Steve back to his first love -- teaching vocal music. In a graceful serendipity of events, he was invited to teach vocal music to high school and middle school students at Blackwell Public Schools. He and his wife made Blackwell, Okla. their home in August, 2008.
This wonderful, loving, creative and passionate spirit was taken from us much too soon. He will be missed and remembered by his family, his many friends, and people whose lives his music and his joy for life have touched.
He is survived by his wife Gerry, his mother Violet Shell of Oklahoma City, sister Deliliah Maley of Oklahoma City, daughter Emily Shell Krause of Tulsa, son Eli Shell of Portland, Ore. and one grandson, Lucien Krause. He was preceded in death by his father Alonzo Shell.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation in Steve's name to the Ronald McDonald houses in Wichita, Kan. See the Web site at www.ronaldhousewichita.org or call (316) 269-4182.