1871 – Born in Kansas
1897 – Married Albert LeRoy Shelton, a veteran of the Spanish American War, in Kansas.
1899 – Moved with husband Shelton to Kentucky, where he attended medical school, and she wrote poetry.
1903 – After meeting and being inspired by Dr. Susie Rijnhart at a Disciples of Christ convocation in 1902, the Sheltons - including daughters Dorothy and Dorris - traveled to China where Dr. Shelton was assigned as medical missionary in the city of Tachinlu
1904 – began to study Tibetan and was soon fluent in the language; after making a trip to Batang with the family cook, Shelton returns to announce that he is called to Batang, from whence they will attempt to get the ban on foreigners lifted so they can travel to Tibet.
1908 – Despite the fact that westerners are not officially allowed in the country, the Sheltons are relocated to Tibet; Flora follows her husband who has gone ahead to prepare a home
1912 – published Sunshine and Shadow on the Tibetan Border, a chronicle of her time in Tibet serving under the United Christian Missionary Society alongside her husband and chronicler and translator. The book examines politics, women’s issues and Sino-American relations. Mrs, Shelton’s book was a popular success, and, as she said in the dedication, it “stole the thunder” from her husband.
1920 – attended, with her husband, a convention in St. Louis, where they raised awareness of the conditions and political constraints in China and Tibet.
1922 - Dr. Shelton, named in his NY Times obituary as the “foremost missionary serving in Tibet,” was kidnapped by bandits who took him into the mountains, held him for ransom and murdered him when the mission refused to acquiesce to kidnappers’ demands. Mrs. Shelton was, at the time, in Calcutta, collecting scripture translations for their work.
1923 – wrote her husband’s biography Shelton of Tibet
1929 – With daughter Dorris, wrote The Chants of Shangri-La
1951 – Edited and published Folk Tales of Tibet, written with her husband
1966 - Died in California

Shelton, Flora Beal. Sunshine and shadow on the Tibetan border, Cincinnati, Foreign Christian missionary society. 1912.
NY Times obituary published: March 5, 1922: "Dr. Shelton Slain by Chinese Bandits"