Mercedes M. Shelvin Hysaw was born June 7, 1954 in La Fayette, Louisiana. She entered into eternal rest Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Mercedes was the first child born to the union of Audrey Mae Thomas Shelvin and Junuis Shelvin, both preceded her in death, as well as her youngest brother Charles Ray Shelvin. Mercedes attended public schools in Opelousas, Louisiana. She graduated from Opelousas High School in 1972, where she was an avid participant in Track and Field. She continued her Educational studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mercedes received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Library Science and Elementary Education from Southern University in 1978. While attending Southern University, Mercedes met and married William E. Hysaw. To this union, two children were born, Martai Shawn Hysaw, and Jaila Denae Hysaw Patrick. Mercedes started her walk with the Lord at an early age at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana and continued her walk as an active member of Highland Hills Seventh day Adventist Church. She thoroughly enjoyed the Seventh Day Adventist teachings, including the Revelation Seminars and the Sabbath School classes. She also loved working with the children as she coordinated the Vacation Bible School Program. She would also take VBS into the community. She would spend an entire year planning for the next Vacation Bible School. Mercedes enjoyed spending time with her family (sisters and brothers) in Houston, Texas and also her family in Louisiana where she could reminisce, talk about old times, and discuss what was on the menu. Mercedes moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1978 where she started her career in the Southside Independent School District as the Librarian for Pearce Elementary School. Later on she became the Library Coordinator for the entire School District. Along the way, she was selected as Teacher of the Year of Pearce Elementary School. She dedicated her time and service to Southside ISD for more than 20 years, before moving on to help start Kirby Adult Day Care, Inc. where she loved helping and working with the adult population with special needs. Mercedes was such a wonderful person who displayed kindness , considerateness, class, graciousness, and generosity. She was an incredible sister, wife, teacher, mother, grandmother, and friend who inspired all who knew her. She was truly an inspiration as her memory will live on in our hearts forever. She leaves to forever cherish her memories William E. Hysaw, Martai Shawn Hysaw, Jaila Denae Hysaw Patrick (Charles), one grandson: Chase Patrick, two granddaugthers: Cayla Patrick and Jayla Patrick, six sisters: Theresa Shelvin (Michael) of Melville, La., Mary Ann Shelvin of Houston, Texas, Mary Jane Shelvin Carey (Raymond) of Houston, Texas, Evangela Shelvin Laws (Lacy Sr) of Houston Texas, Deloris Thomas of Houston, Texas, Olita Thomas of Houston, Texas, one brother; Donald Ray Shelvin Sr. (Doranesia) of Humble, Texas, and a host of other relatives, family and friends

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  1. 8/30/21 Your Memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part, God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart. Love your, Sister Evangela (Pinky) 🙏🙏

  2. Our deepest condolences to our extended family. We’re so saddened for your loss and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength to carry on. Hang on to the memories to get through this. Love you all, Revis and Nita

  3. You will forever be in my heart sister. We all know you are in good hands with the right people. Love always little sister Olita

  4. I remember coming to visit you and you prepared a big beautiful breakfast. I remember trying to help you serve the food and you told me “sit down somewhere, I’m doing this for you!” Lol! Aunty you had the most infectious laugh and the brightest spirit, the biggest heart and the warmest hugs…. until we meet again, your niece…. DeRae 😚

  5. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace at this time. Love and prayers from your Kiddie Roundup family

  6. My deepest condolence to the entire family our prayers and thoughts are with you all may God keep you strong and united through this tough time.

  7. I remember Mercedes’s sweet voicemail. She was always kind and always beautiful inside and out! I will miss her soft voice and beautiful smile. Love to the family! ❤🙏🏽

  8. My deepest condolences to Mary Jane and Family in passing of Mercedes. I recently visited with the family in San Antonio. I didn’t get to see Mercedes but I sent my Love as Mary went and visit with her sister. So to Mary & Sisters I send my Love. To Jaila I Pray that God strengthen You in loss of your Mother. My Prayers is that God strengthen You all in the loss of Mercedes. She will be truly miss

  9. Our deepest condolences to the family. May the Lord continue to wrap all of you in love through this time. We love you. Garcia, Castillo & Savchenko

  10. What a wonderful caring lady. I remember enjoying Bible studies and fellowshiping with her and the family. May God grant you comfort and peace at this time. Looking forward to Jesus returning and reuniting with all our sisters and brothers who are resting.

  11. We remember our sister Mercedes. She loved children. She worked so very hard doing VBS for Highland Hills church. The children loved her and we do too!She will be missed. Such a kind Loving person! Our Condolences to the family. May God comfort you at this time. Love you guys. Rita,Ruth and Mack Jackson. Amand,Angela and Alex Winston

  12. I’m sending my condolences and deepest sympathy to your family at this time. Mercedes was the best mother, grandmother, sister, and friend that one could have. And her love for the Lord reached out to everyone she knew. Jaila and Martai hold on to your memories and believe you will see her soon. We love you and your family always. Cece Johnson and family

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