Shelley A. (Mains) Munk

Shelley A. (Mains) Munk
February 26, 1960 – December 20, 2019

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Mains.  She is survived by her husband, Steve; daughter, Kari Munk (Tim Houston); mother, Lauralee Mains; sister, Susy Timmons; brother, Steve Mains (Jody); nieces and nephews.

She attended Benson High School where she participated in the acapella choir.  After high school, Shelley worked as a hair stylist.  She then worked at Nebraska Medicine for 30 years in various administrative roles.  Shelley married her husband, Steve, in 1987 and they were blessed with a daughter, Kari, in 1989.

She enjoyed gardening, crafts, cooking, embroidery, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Shelley was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (a hereditary disease that affects the lungs and digestive system) at the age of two.  In 1964, she was a poster child for the Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.  She was blessed with relatively good health until her 40s and survived well past the average life expectancy for her condition.  She was honored by Nebraska’s Finest Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2009 for her contribution to improving the lives of others with CF, including participating in numerous medical research studies.  In 2018, she was offered the opportunity to receive new lungs.  She and her family were very grateful for the brave sacrifice of the donor’s family.  Although the transplant was a success, complications caused her kidneys to fail.  She passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones.

Those who knew her recognized her humor, her strong will and her determination to surpass expectations.  We were blessed to have her in our lives and she brought great joy to all around her.

Family will receive friends Friday, December 27th from 6pm to 8pm, at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, December 28th, 10:30am, West Center Chapel.  INTERMENT: Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Children’s Organ Transplant Association.



  • George and Kris Goldman Posted December 21, 2019 11:13 pm

    Steve, our sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful wife, Shelley. Bless her heart. She has had quite a tough struggle and now will be able to Rest In Peace breathing.

  • Odis Ross Posted December 24, 2019 1:11 pm

    RIP Shelley you will be miss!!!!Hod Bless!!!

  • Ellen Lawrence Turnage Posted December 28, 2019 11:04 am

    I was so sorry to learn of this news. Shelley and I were in Studio Singer together at Benson. I really enjoyed knowing her.
    Even though our lives went in different directions, I never forgot her smiling face and her beautiful eyes. God speed and Peace be the Journey.

  • Mary Keith Posted January 3, 2020 4:12 pm

    Steve and Kari. Please accept my sincere condolences. Shelley will be missed. She is well loved by many. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely. Mary Keith

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