Shirley Elaine Eggers
Shirley Elaine Eggers passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, surrounded by her family, following a short battle with colon cancer. She was 89, the youngest child of Hexie and Jeanette (Reynolds) Eggers. She was born in Colfax, WA in 1923, and grew up in Penawawa with her sisters, Geraldine and Madge, on the ranch that her parents first homesteaded in 1916. She attended grade school in Penawawa and graduated from Colfax High School in 1941. Following graduation, she married Stacy Eggers on December 24, 1941. They made their home in Penawawa near her parents, eventually purchasing the ranch from them and raising their three children in the same home that her father had built. Always a homemaker, she was very community minded and always welcoming to anyone who came to her home. Raising fruit and livestock, she played an active role in working beside Stacy. In 1968, their ranch and home was flooded by Little Goose Dam. At that time, they moved to the Columbia Basin near George, WA and purchased irrigated farmland there, raising wheat, alfalfa and cattle. Shirley was active in the community and, in 2003, was honored as the George Citizen of the Year. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, The Burkettes, Quincy Senior Center and George Seniors. In 1986, she and Stacy purchased back a portion of their Penawawa property that became available. The land was reclaimed and together they reestablished Warm Springs Ranch and planted peach trees. She and Stacy enjoyed spending summers there, tending the orchard, selling peaches and visiting with old friends and neighbors until his passing in 2000. For the next 13 summers, she and her sister, Madge, with the help of family and friends, continued the tradition there. In 1995, Shirley was one of 12 farm women selected from Whitman County to write their life story in a book called Rural Reflections. She was a true pioneer woman with an exceptional work ethic, a strong faith and a great love for her family and friends. In recent years, she especially enjoyed her time at the Quincy Senior Center and the ladies who came to her home on Monday for Pinochle. She gave without reservation of herself and was an inspiration and encouragement to many, even in her later years, and always felt she had truly had a wonderful life.
Shirley is survived by her sister, Madge Griner of Mead, WA; children, Terry (Janet) Eggers of Sandpoint, ID and Patsy (Mike) Kromm of Quincy, WA; daughter-in-law and grandson, Janie and Casey Eggers of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Mark (Keri) Placke, Michael (Leia) Placke, and Christopher (Amanda) Placke; great-grandchildren, Garnet, Calvin, Noah and Lincoln Placke; nephews, Monte, Lynn and Duane Steiger, and Dean Griner; along with many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Geraldine Steiger; her husband, Stacy; and son, Scott.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Quincy, followed by another Service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax, with Burial to follow in the Colfax Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Quincy Senior Center, 522 F Street SE, Quincy, WA, USA, 98848. Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is handling arrangements for the family.