Shirley was born in Allen Nebraska, a farming community. Her
father Edward died when she was 5 years old and her mother
Lois moved she and her two sisters to Longview at age 14 to
join family members residing here.
Shirley attended RA Long High School, graduated in 1945 and
then worked for the telephone company as a switchboard
operator. She and George’s romance blossomed as she made
sure to “direct” his calls she identified as coming from the gas
station. They were married in 1947 at St Mary’s Catholic Church
Shirley took great care of their seven children and was the
supreme commander of the family. She was rewarded with a
close-knit family enjoying large holiday parties and annual trips
to Long Beach. Her children were blessed to be with her at her
In addition to her family, Shirley loved her Church and was
active in St Rose Parish all her adult life in Circle, Alter Society,
Parents Club, etc.
She lived her last years at Angel’s View Adult Family Home
where she was well taken care of by Sarah and her staff.
Shirley was preceded in death by George in 2010 and sister
Selma. She is survived by younger sister Bess, and her children
Anthony, Timothy (Kimberly), Carolyn, Christopher, Joseph
(Toni), Jerome (Jane) and Anna Marie (Timothy). Also surviving
are 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Her service will be held at 11AM on May 26 th at St. Rose Parish.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St Rose School or St
Vincent de Paul.