OBITUARY

Shirley Anne Decker

November 23, 1923January 6, 2019

Shirley A. Decker, 95, of La Mesa, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 6th, 2019 in her home. In 1923, Shirley was born in Beaver County, PA. She moved to San Diego, CA with her family in 1935. In 1941, she graduated from Hoover High School. That same year, she began her nurse’s training at San Diego County Hospital under the Cadet Corps Nursing Program. Upon completion of training, she served at Hoff General Army Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

In 1942, she married Dutch (Vernon) Decker, who served in the United States Marine Corps and then the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India theater.

Following the war, they bought property in La Mesa, CA where they built their family home. She continued to live there and raise their 3 children after Dutch’s passing in 1958. During this time, she volunteered in the church nursery and was known as Grandma Shirley. In later years, she returned to nursing as an RN. Shirley remained in the home until her passing.

Shirley leaves behind her loving children, son David Decker of La Mesa, CA, daughter Carol Stamos of Centralia, WA and daughter Heidi Allingham of La Mesa, CA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Greta Butler, Kirsten Decker, Corrie Decker, Tim Morfitt, Vicki Hessenflow, Nicholas Stamos, Carlos Stamos, Rose Sullivan, Peter Benker and Rachel Allingham, as well as her sister, Rosa Lee McKay, brother, Donald Plympton, and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband Vernon (Dutch) Decker, her parents Donald and Enid (Steele) Plympton and her sister, Patricia (Plympton) Williams. Interment will be at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

In leu of flowers, donations can be made to Sharp Hospice in memory of Shirley Decker at give.sharp.com

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Jan McKay

February 21, 2019

In all the 40+ years I have been in the family since I married Aunt Shirley's nephew Mike, I never saw her without that beautiful smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known, always ready with a kind word or a hug.
The memory of Aunt Shirley closest to my heart, is when our dad died unexpectedly, during a visit with us in California. It was such a terrible time and Mom was still in shock but needed to get back home. Mike drove her back to Oregon and Aunt Shirley dropped everything and rode back with them. She left her home and family and went to Oregon to live with her sister Rosa Lee, to comfort her through that difficult time. I know our family will never forget that incredible gift.

Jan McKay
Niece

Carlos Stamos

February 16, 2019

I remember driving around at dawn near Mt Ranier with my gramma photographing dilapidated barns with the mountain and the moonset as background. After she passed I saw her face clearly imerge in that of my brother. We will never forget you gramma Shirley.

Heidi Allingham

February 12, 2019

Shirley at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

Heidi Allingham

February 12, 2019

Shirley and Dutch - 1945

Heidi Allingham

February 12, 2019

Cadet Nurse Corps - 1945

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY