July 23, 1934 - January 11, 2021
AthLee Shealy Muehlnickel, 86, of Valrico, FL, born in Columbia, SC, on July 23, 1934, was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 11, 2021. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brandon. She was a blessing and inspiration to her family, a true angel. Her deep faith, her endless compassion and unselfish thoughtfulness and forgiveness inspired all who knew her. AthLee enjoyed Bible study, spending time with her family and friends, baseball, cooking and quilting. She constantly sought to learn new things and educate herself. From scripture studies to new cookbooks to history, politics and sports, she was unrelentingly curious. Few things made her happier than when she was surrounded by family at home. She loved daffodils and orchids. She enjoyed watching Tampa Bay Rays games but remained a longtime Atlanta Braves fan. She was devoted to spoiling her dog, Hermann. Her generosity was renowned as a dinner host in her home and as a pastor’s wife assisting the congregation while raising three daughters and caring for her father- in-law in their home. AthLee graduated from Columbia High School as Salutatorian (she earned Valedictorian status, but at that time a female was not allowed to hold that title). Immediately after graduation, she accepted a stenographer position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. AthLee was accepted into The George Washington University in November 1952. Being the loving daughter that she was, she returned to home to Columbia to care for her mother. AthLee attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia. AthLee always worked to support her family. Through her work, she developed many lifelong, beloved friends who enriched her life deeply. Retired for many years, her precision and skills as a paralegal continue to be complimented by former colleagues. No matter where she lived, her neighbors remember her as a warm, kind friend. She was blessed by her many friends in the Fishhawk Villa-rettes and her Plant City Aerobics class founded by Miss Clarice. Any conversation with AthLee brought joy, inspired and calmed those who were fortunate to share her fellowship. She was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Donald W. Muehlnickel; and precious daughter, Ruth Ann Marcin. She is survived by daughters, Faith Hughes and Grace Houck (Jeffrey), both of Valrico; grandchildren, Adam Hughes (Ashley), Dylan Hughes, and Brian Houck; great-granddaughter, Avery Hughes; and beloved cousins, family, and friends. A graveside service for family only will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Hopewell Memorial Gardens, 6005 S. County Road 39, Plant City. Masks and facial coverings are required. The family will announce details for a memorial service later this year. Memorial contributions can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Brandon (GodSoLoved.Org), and the IBC Network Foundation (theibcnetwork.org).
AthLee Shealy Muehlnickel, 86, of Valrico, FL, born in Columbia, SC, on July 23, 1934, was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 11, 2021. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brandon. She was a blessing and inspiration... View Obituary & Service Information
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