S: Shirley's 75th Birthday
BC: The End
FC: Shirley | Happy 75th Birthday!
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. Shirley has made them wonderful memories. We love you and happy birthday!
2: When Patty and I asked Shirley to be in our wedding, she was slightly hesitant because she thought she was too old to be a bridesmaid. Luckily for us she honored our request. The bridesmaids went shopping and they were very excited when they returned home. I remember Shirley being very worried about the dress. She said, " I am going to look like an old version of "Little Bo Peep!" I wondered what kind of dress they had picked out? Of course, being the groom I had no say in the matter. I was worried for Shirley and all of the other bridesmaids. Needless to say, her worries were for naught. She looked beautiful that day as the picture shows. In fact she looked so good that Uncle Bill's wife Aunt Jean mistook her for Peggy. (Not a happy memory for Peg!) Love, Mike
4: One of my favorite memories of Shirley was going to her house on holidays and bringing a brown bag lunch. I was afraid to try anything new or anything that looked different than my mom's cooking.My mom would call Shirley to see what she was cooking then I would bring my own food.Little did I know that years later, I'd follow in Shirley's footsteps and experiment with food and entertaining.Shirley came to visit me in SC in 1993. I made a version of Frog Moor Stew and served it on newspaper.She did not hesitate to eat it right off the newspaper, unlike my sisters. Later she told me she even served it at one of her dinner parties! Maybe I do have a little bit of Shirley in me. Love, Sue
6: When I was in the fourth grade, Kimmi Cannon and I spent the weekend with Shirley and Sig. It was Easter weekend and it was one of the rare hot Easter weekends. I remember washing Shirley's car wearing shorts and having a great time with the hose squirting Kimmi. We had ice cream and then helped Shirley clean her house to get ready for the company coming on Easter Sunday. We found a huge cobweb on the ceiling going up the stairs. Shirley just took a towel and smacked it down. I was appalled and impressed! We didn't have cobwebs in our house because there was always too much commotion for a spider to build a web, but we always had a lot of mess. I finally understood what my mom had been saying about the difference between clean and messy. I also remember for Good Friday, we were able to "order out" for fish sandwiches. That was a big deal to me because we never were able to order take-out food. Sig had to pick it up and he commented about the long lines at the fish place. I was amazed that so many people could order out food. Later, we were allowed to "dust" Shirley's dolls that were kept in her curio cabinet. No one was ever allowed to touch them so it was a big deal. Kimmi and I had a great night and Shirley got free labor! Love, Patty
8: My biggest memory of Shirley and one we kid about every time I see her is that I used to hate roast beef growing up until I was around 18 years old. Every time we went to Shirley's house she had roast beef! I remember asking my dad if roast beef was the only thing that Shirley knew how to cook. But being fair to Shirley, she knew I loved jello so that is what she made for me every time I went to her house. Now that roast beef is actually one of my favorite dishes, I can't remember the last time Shirley's made it. She has been on a chicken fetish for the past 25-30 years. Love, Jim Cannon
9: Shirley, I have so many memories of great times with you! You have always pitched in-you helped me out with so much. In this picture, you were helping do yard work before Susie's wedding. You did whatever needed to be done -babysitting, running kids places, being co-pilot on a road trip with 2 kids and even bringing bread to the needy. Love Ya Shirl! Peg
10: One evening Shirley stopped by for a visit. Little did she know the chaos that awaited her. Kathy and her mom and sister were baking Christmas cookies.. The kitchen was a disaster! There were seven little kids running and screaming. The doorbell rings, the dog starts barking like crazy! Two strangers were at the door. Earlier in the day, Erin and Kelly had found a canoe in the woods. The people who owned the canoe had come to thank the girls and brought a present for them. We invited them in, introduced everyone and talked for awhile. After they left, here is Shirley in the middle of all of this .....she didn't miss a beat. She had joined right in the cookie making and was cleaning up. We never know what kind of visit it will be!!! Love, Tommy, Kathy, Erin, Nate and Anna
11: Shirley- An outdoor woman! | Dave and Deb's
12: The memory I would like to share about Shirley would be the time I helped her with her computer and got donuts for it. But I'm sure she realizes that has happened far too often for me to remember a specific time. My favorite memory of Shirley though would be when she came to my graduation. I just found it so nice for her to sit through that for me. I was happy to have her there for me and to congratulate me afterwards. (Just as a side note.....my computer services are always available for donuts. Happy 75th! Love, Adam | I loved having Shirley at my gymnastics competitions. She was one of my biggest fans! A favorite memory was of Shirley watching me at Deer Creek Lodge. My parents had to go home and Shirley stayed with me. I remember flashlight tag and paddling in the lake! She also gave me the most beautiful wedding shower. Love, Brianne
13: In September 1997, I was invited to go to a sibling workshop in Louisville with one of Tracy's therapists. I really wanted to go because I knew that Karen would be reaching the age that it would "begin to matter" having two handicapped siblings. Shirley was kind enough to answer my plea to babysit Tracy for the day. We would be leaving early in the morning, but we hoped to return about 4:00 so I could get Jeff off the bus. Shirley fought the early morning traffic and arrived at 7:15 am. Of course, in my true Patty nature, it wasn't just Tracy she had to take care of. I also watched my friend Staci's little girl as well and walked her daughter Livvi to Linda's house who would drive them to preschool. Thumper was the other thing she had to contend with that day besides Tracy and Livvi. I had a piece of meat thawing on the counter to cook. When I returned, Thumper jumped up on the counter and stole the meat. Shirley was chasing him around trying to get the meat from him. She had to finally pry it from his mouth. We still ate what was left.! Even after all of that, Shirley still continued to watch Tracy for me. Tracy really loved Shirley and I was always so thankful she filled in for me when I needed her! Love, Mike, Patty, Karen, and Jeff
14: Oh, the many girl trips we took and the memories we all shared. This picture is from Brown County Indiana probably on the day after Thanksgiving (one of our annual trips.) You always added so much pleasure to our outings!
15: Easter at Shirley's!
16: Beautiful Bridesmaid
18: Another vivid memory I have of me and Shirley goes back to my traveling therapist days. Shirley, Mom, and the sisters came to visit me in TN. I had just gotten back from a horrible assignment in CA and Buell and I weren't getting along. I remember talking and crying to her at a bar about love, life, and being single. She scratched my back with her beautiful well-kept fingernails the whole time I cried. She reassured me that I was beautiful, smart, and didn't need a man to be happy. She shared about her experience with Sig and how she got over it. I don't remember the details of her story but I remember the love, concern, and kindness she gave me. Shirley, I love you, Sue | You have been there for us during our most happiest moments and some of our toughest. You are family but more importantly a friend. (I think Adam called you grandma until he was 5.) You have been a co-pilot to Chicago and Florida and a traveling partner to NewYork. We admire your independence and your sense of fun and adventure. We love you dearly, John and Cinda
19: I remember taking a girl trip south and being crammed into an elevator with only our PJ's on and a pillow to sleep with. We went up to the penthouse only to find........ Shirley has always been there for the important events-always a smile, a calming touch, and words of wisdom. Love, Lisa
20: Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.