Shay Aura (Blackman) Meckenstock, 58, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Pikes Peak Hospice Care at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo., after a courageous three-year battle with metastasized breast cancer.
She was born Sept. 1, 1958, in St. Louis, Mo., to Elton L. Blackman and Betty Biebel. She attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She earned a bachelor of Practical Ministry and held a Certificate for Deliverance Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute.
She married Bobb A. Meckenstock on Nov. 25, 1978, in St. Louis. They were married almost 39 years.
At the time of her death, she was licensed by Dove Christian International Fellowship as Senior Elder of Hays Fellowship House Church. She was author of “Mysteries of Christ” and a cookbook, “A Taste of Home,” co-authored with her daughter Heather. Formerly, she was director of Stephen Ministries, Women’s Ministry Director, and co-founder of Inside Out Club at Hays Presbyterian Church; and from 1996 to 2006 Young Life Area Director for Hays.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; three daughters, Sarah Weimer and husband, Brian, Hays. Gennifer Marconette and husband, Levi, Cedar Park, Texas, and Heather Jamison and husband, Daron, Redding, Calif.; her mother, Betty Biebel, Ballwin, Mo.; her father, Elton L. Blackman and wife, Carol, Black, Mo.; two brothers, Jim and wife, Winnie, Katy, Texas and Paul, Black, Mo.; a half-brother, Brian Blackman, Las Vegas; a sister, JoAnn and husband, George, Black, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Noah, Jack and Miles, all of Hays, Meran and Wesley, both of Cedar Park, and Basha, Joseph, Emma and Asher, all of Redding; two sisters-in law, Mary Meckenstock and Lea Bush; a brother-in-law, Dan Meckenstock and wife, Cindy; and nine nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Harold Biebel; and two brothers-in-law, David Meckenstock and Bill Bush.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at North Oak Community Church, Hays; per her wishes was to be cremated and some of her ashes interred in Mount Allen Cemetery at the family plot in Hays.
A celebration of life will be hosted by the family in the spring of 2018, where her ashes will be spread at Sourdough Ranch, in Woodland Park, Colo.
Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Renewal Fellowship, 2301 NW 86th St, Kansas City, Mo. 64154.
Condolences can be sent to the family at 3715 Fairway Dr, Hays, KS 67601.