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Shirley Vernell Shaw

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Shirley Vernell Shaw

December 30, 1936 ~ December 24, 2013

Shirley Vernell Shaw went to be with her Lord and Savior early December 24, 2013, following a long illness, at the age of 76. Shirley was born on December 30, 1936, at Mount Pleasant, AR to Quimby Porter and Clemmie Vernell (“Shirley”) Shaw. In 1944, her family migrated to the Wenatchee area. For a short time, the family lived in Orondo and then alternated between East Wenatchee and Wenatchee. Shirley graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1954. She attended Wenatchee Valley Junior College, where she received her Associate of Arts degree. After working a year, she attended Baptist Bible College in Johnson City, NY, earning her Bachelor in Religious Education degree in 1961. She received her Master’s degree from New York State College in Cortland, NY in 1963. She then taught elementary school in Millerton, NY for one year. In 1964, she returned to East Wenatchee, where she taught for 32 years in Kenroy and Lee Elementary Schools, until her retirement in 1996. Shirley was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly after her retirement. She loved Bible study, praying, reading and listening to music. Shirley played the piano and organ in church, sang in the choir and taught some private piano lessons. Though she would never admit it, she was a good cook and seamstress. She was a member of Wenatchee First Baptist Church.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and older brother, Powell. She is survived by three brothers and one sister, including: brother, Don (Lois) Shaw; niece, Shawna (Kurt) Meek; grandnephew, Joseph; grandnieces, Cassandra, Rachel, and Cheyenne; grandnephew, Joshua; nieces, Shamra and Maureen Shaw; brother, Darrell (Karin) Shaw; brother, Ronald (Judy) Shaw and nephew, Derek and niece, Mindy; sister, Charlotte (Leigh) Upchurch; nephew, Byron (Shari); grandnephews, Ryan, Ethan, and Brendan; nephew, Bruce (Tina); grandnephew, Jordan; grandnieces, Makaila, Kendra and Madison; grandnephews, Biniam and Tigabu; niece, Barbra Upchurch; grandniece, Mindy; and grandnephew, Christopher Averitt.

The family wishes to thank everyone who made Shirley’s life as comfortable as possible in her last months when she was unable to care for herself and, in particular, the care-givers at Cherry Lane Country Haven in East Wenatchee.

Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Jones & Jones~Betts Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Jay Caron officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to make memorials in her name for typhoon relief for destroyed churches in the Philippines through the Antipolo Faith Christian Ministries Foundation in the Philippines, payable to Bethesda Baptist Church, 3434 Watkins Road, Columbus, OH 43207, with notation “for AFCMF Foundation,” or a charity of your choice. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online book at Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.

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