Shelly Cutler would want me to start out at the end her story instead of the beginning with this brief description of a woman who has touched all of us with the “sunshine” that flowed from within her. As a proud mother of Brihanna, Athena, Jasmyn, Jade, sky her god daughter and lyla who was only with us for a short time, her and Alec were responsible for bringing into the world the most amazing set of women that any of us have ever known.
Shelly was a mother first and then a poet, an artist, a home body. She was flashy, humble, sarcastic, a quick wit, with a smile that lit up any place she was at. She had a belly laugh that came from deep inside of her. When others heard her laugh, they would join her, and a chorus of laughter could be heard near and far. I can testify they were times that she had me rolling on the floor with her joyful noise.
You may not know that Shelly was a world traveler. Her and Alec saw the world through the window of first class. However, even with the above average advantage that Alec’s profession provided, she never lost her sense of humanity and treated her fellow man with kindness and love. If you look around the room at this moment with the people who are here now, I think you would all agree how she touched each one of us with her sunshine sprit and deep love for all of us.
I saw her at her best once in Las Vegas. We were at a McDonald’s and a homeless man was begging for money. Shelly saw the man through the window, she got up from the table and a bought Kid’s meal and went outside and gave it to the man. I saw his smile and I could tell Shelly had made a difference in his life.
She gave herself to others through her works with holistic medicine. Shelly read a lot and did her best to stay on top of new ways to heal people. When someone close to her was sick, she would investigate nontraditional healing methods which she believed were much better than traditional medical practices. Shelly thought outside the box and gave advice that has healed many of us that she was close to.
Shelly had a business side that focused on helping others. She started a social media company called ‘I Hero’ and was in midst of starting a commercial food truck business which going to cater to the military community. In a tribute to their mother, a foundation is going to be setup. The SUNSHINE foundation will assist struggling addicts, homeless individuals, and domestic violence survivors.
The story of Shelly Cutler should be seen through the bright light that illuminated through the space that surrounded her. One could say she owned the real estate where she was standing and made everyone who visited feel welcome and at home.
The story of Shelly’s life is not an ending as we say fare well to her today. But her love, joy, and her spirted sunshine will continue be seen in the lives of her beautiful daughters and in the eyes of the future Cutler children yet to walk on this earth. Shelly will live forever more in our hearts and souls. We love you Shelly and safe travels during your next fantastic journey! We will miss you but you will always be with us when we see a heads up on penny, yellow butterfly in flight, and the proud red cardinal soaring in our backyards!