Shirley Marie Vanderhoff
November 5, 1929 ~ January 27, 2014
Shirley Marie Vanderhoff, 84, went home to Heaven on Monday, January 27, 2014, with family by her side at Confluence Health in Wenatchee, WA. She was born in Spokane, WA on November 5, 1929, to parents, Helen (Brown) and Venard Chandler. She graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane, where she met the love of her life, Gene Vanderhoff. They were married September 30, 1950, and moved to the Wenatchee Valley to build their life together. Shirley dedicated herself to raising her five children and was a devoted wife, homemaker and friend (and later grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of 33.) She had the gift of making the people in her life feel special and loved. Always generous with her time and support, she showed up for many sporting events, horse shows, recitals, baby showers, weddings and important events for those she loved. She touched many lives volunteering at Young Life, rocking babies in the church nursery, and participating in Bridge, swimming and knitting groups. Her love for adventure led her from Priest Lake to Lake Chelan to Vancouver Island and Palm Springs. She enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, and traveling cross-country in her RV. Shirley took great joy sending birthday cards, wishes of cheer, and socializing through emailing, texting and Skyping with her children and grandchildren. Shirley’s greatest passion in life was her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. She cherished the fellowship she found in her church family. Shirley spent hours studying the Bible and praying for her loved ones. She trusted God and found joy in every situation.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Eugene “Gene” William Vanderhoff. Gene lovingly cared for Shirley from the day they met until her last breath. Shirley is also survived by her five children and their spouses: Judy (Dick) Jacobson, Del (June) Vanderhoff, Earl (Susie) Vanderhoff, JoAnn (Joseph) Tolentino, and Janice (Jeff) Richards; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and step-sister, Diana Cain; each of whom was blessed with a personal relationship with Shirley. Shirley was preceded in death by her mother, Helen (Brown) Chandler; father, Venard Chandler; brother, Wayne Chandler; and step-brother, Karl Hagen.
A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held at Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. A coffee at the church will follow the Service. In remembrance of Shirley’s great love for children, donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital may be made, in lieu of flowers. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.