Shelley Marie Zacek

October 30, 1973 - February 7, 2024
Shelley Marie Zacek

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Shelley Marie Zacek, age 50, of Leland, NC, and formerly of Oceana, WV, passed away on February 7, 2024 with her family by her side. Born on October 30, 1973 in Beckley, WV, she was the daughter of James and Debra Gibson. Shelley was a beloved wife to David Phillip Zacek for almost 32 years, and a devoted mother to her sons, David Michael Zacek and Nicholas Scott Zacek, and ”Babi” to Harley Stalnaker.

Shelley had a passion for helping others and had a love for children, had a diverse career path. She worked as a Medical Assistant, a Home Day Care Provider, and a 911- Telecommunicator. Her dedication to her work was admired by all who knew her.

In her free time, Shelley enjoyed pursuing her hobbies. She was an avid quilter, (for which she made quilts and donated them to hospice), a gardener, and a dog breeder. Her talents and love for these activities brought joy to her life and those around her.

Shelley will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but most of all her six dogs Jake, Sophia, Maverick, Marla, Goose and Charle. She is survived by her loving husband, sons, parents, sister Amy (David) Price, brother James C. Gibson, sister Sara (Jared) Harless, grandmothers Edna M. Griffith and Leona Gibson, in-laws Dave (Jill) Zacek, sister-in-law Lynne DiChiara. brother-in-law Dan (Danielle) Zacek, Aunts, Uncles and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Arnold Griffith, grandfather Dowl Gibson, sister Julie Gibson, and mother-in-law Kathy Delaney.

A Celebration of Life Service to honor Shelley’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Bethel Bible Church, 1493 Neils Eddy Road, Riegelwood, NC. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Brunswick County Animal Services, a cause which was close to Shelley’s heart.

The Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Service – Leland Chapel is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Please leave condolence messages for the family on Shelley’s Tribute Wall at www.wilmingtoncares.com




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The funeral will take place on March 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Bethel Bible Church (1493 Neils Eddy Road, Riegelwood, NC)

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  • February 19, 2024
    Danielle says:
    God Bless you, Shelley. You were one of the kindest, giving people I’ve known. Phil and the boys are in our hearts and prayers. Rest in peace ❤️

  • February 19, 2024
    Danielle Zacek lit a candle:
    Lit since February 19, 2024 at 2:20:07 PM

  • February 17, 2024
    Jill Zacek lit a candle:
    Lit since February 17, 2024 at 2:39:01 PM

  • February 12, 2024
    Lynn DiChiara lit a candle:
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  • February 09, 2024
    Linda Lucado says:
    I AM SO SORRY, THIS JUST BREAKS MY HEART FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND SWEET CHILD AND WOMAN. I KNOW THE HEART BREAK OF GIVING UP YOUR CHILD. NO MORE PAIN FOR SWEET SHELLEY, SHE HAS A PERFECT BODY NOW. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL🙏🙏🙏🙏