Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed

Dear Supporters of the Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park,

It is with great regret that we inform you that retired Executive Director Shelley Andrews passed away yesterday morning January 27th. Shelley was an inspiration to us all and our community’s greatest advocate for development of Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.

Shelley’s daughter wrote yesterday:

Our wonderful, sweet, amazing Shelley left us early this morning in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by loving family. We are so grateful for all the thoughts, prayers, messages, notes, flowers, meals, love & light you’ve given to our family along this journey. Shelley felt every ounce of love you all shared with her, and we know she carries it with her now.

 Shelley considered one of her greatest accomplishment at the Friends to be the opening of the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road to public use. Now, this trail commemorates not only the Trail of Tears and Civil War history, but also the memory of Shelley’s endearing work as an advocate for the Friends, the National Park Service, and Native American tribes from 2003 to 2014. Shelley guided me through my first experiences as Executive Director of the Friends, and her enthusiasm and steady drive to make Moccasin Bend a better place will no doubt continue to offer inspiration and guidance to myself and the board.

Shelley would not want us to waver in our mission is to preserve the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, enhance and grow visitor experiences there, and build a community of supporters dedicated to conserving the park for the future. The Friends of Moccasin Bend are working directly with NPS staff to dedicate a tree to Shelley on Moccasin Bend as a living tribute to her life’s work and spirit.

A memorial service will be held at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, followed by a reception in the churchs Key-Andrews Hall. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Friends of Moccasin Bend, P.O. Box 4953, Chattanooga, TN 37405. Please visit to share words of comfort to the family.


Michael Wurzel

Executive Director

Dan Saieed


For more information, see the links below:

Obit: Shelley Andrews

Ex-Friends of Bend Director Dies at 65

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed – And Response