Shirley Jean Ellison
June 13, 1931 – May 15, 2009
Shirley Jean Ellison, 77, of the Villages, Florida, passed away Friday afternoon, May 15, 2009, in Austin, Texas, where her daughter, Kim, resides. Shirley was born on June 13, 1931, in Chicago, IL to the late John and Lois Ford. After graduating from high school she attended nursing school and worked as a nurse in St. Louis. It is here that she met her late husband, Dr. Alfred Ellison. Shirley and Al married in 1952 and they resided most of their marriage in Okemos, Michigan. While in Okemos, Shirley and Al were members of the Unitarian Church. They had many interests including the theater, music, playing games, bowling, and traveling. Shirley enjoyed traveling and she made many trips overseas both with her husband, Al, and later with friends. One of Shirley's favorite destinations was the family cottage in Montague. The WRBA association on Lake Michigan was near and dear to her heart and she spent many summers there. Shirley is survived by her three children and eight grandchildren: Dr. Richard Ellison (Sue) and his children Matthew and Sarah; Terry Butcher (Craig) and her daughters Kelly and Alice; and Kim DeJong (Josh), and her four children Alec, Brendan, Katie, and Ryan. A Memorial Celebration is planned for Noon on June 13, 2009. It will be held at the White River Beach Association, 8145 Eiler's Road, Montague, Michigan. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to WKAR – MSU Public Radio, 283 Communication Arts Bldg., East Lansing, MI 48824 or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, MI 48823. Designate donation go to Shirley Ellison memorial.
Shirley Jean Ellison
June 1, 2009
I lived across the street from Shirley for several years when she lived in Okemos and was honored when she asked me to keep an eye on her home for her when she went South for the winter. I found Shirley to be a very nice and generous woman; for example, she gave me her small sailboat when she moved South permanently. I will always think of her when I sail it. My sincere condolences to Shirley's family and friends. I am sure that she will be missed.
June 1, 2009
With sincere sympathy to the family of Shirley. I had the pleasure of knowing Shirley over the years and thought very highly of her. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
May 31, 2009
Shirley was like a second grandmother to me. I remember the week or so I spent at her house one summer, helping her clean and bravely exploring the fridge. And, of course, the times I'd walk down the beach to WRBA and up to her A-frame cabin to say 'Hi.' As a child, I thought she had the most interesting house in the association. To me, Shirley always seemed so vibrant. In my memories of her, that's the way she'll continue to be. I'm so glad I had the chance to know her.
Alice & Roy Erickson
May 30, 2009
We're so sorry to learn of your mom/grandmom's death. We knew her for years at the UU church and when we "borrowed" the Haynes' cottage at WRBA. We have good memories of dinners at the house in Okemos, and of Shirley's wonderful laugh during great conversations. We hold you all in our thoughts. Alice & Roy Erickson
Tom & Marie Jarboe
May 29, 2009
We love you so much, Shirley, and are blessed to have enjoyed so much of our lives, and many adventures with you. Words are completely inadequate to express how deeply you are missed by all of us-a best friend to Tom & Marie, an extra grandma and wise counselor to Michelle and John, not to mention the many years of love and friendship for Pauline, Sherwood, and all the Haynes family.