OBITUARY

Shirley Andrews Ambrose

April 27, 1920March 19, 2010

Shirley Virginia Ambrose was born on April 27, 1920 in Lansing, Michigan to parents Louis and Virginia Andrews. Shirley graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1942 and then taught high school home economics in Clare, Michigan.

Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 25 years, Alton D. Ambrose in 1968. She is survived by her five sons: Richard (Jane) of Boca Raton, FL, Don of Solana Beach, CA, Bruce (Diane) of Santa Clarita, CA, Bill (JoEllen) of Andover, MN and Dave (Gloria) of Okemos, MI; her fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Shirley was a life-long member of Central United Methodist Church in Lansing where she was baptized and married. Her faith and Church community guided her on life's path. She was an active volunteer at her church and volunteered for over forty-five years for the Sparrow Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Life Member of Sparrow’s Women’s Hospital Association.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI, 48933. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ron Brooks officiating. A private family interment will take place later in the afternoon at East Lawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108, or the American Cancer Society, 3100 West Rd., Bldg. B, Suite 110, East Lansing, MI 48823. Online condolences may be made at www.gorslineruncimaneastlansing.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, March 26, 2010
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 26, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, March 26, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, March 26, 2010
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Mary Colwell-McCallum

March 28, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you get through the next few weeks and months. Parting is such a bittersweet sorrow. Shirley was a very important woman in my life, she modeled strength, character and integrity in all she did. I was overwhelmed with memories as I sat in the sanctuary on Friday. Memories of my mom and Shirley in the church kitchen together, the Christmas eve arrival of the homemade christmas tree shaped rolls, New Years day and of course my sewing lessons. I could go on and on. My love to you all.

Duane Ambrose

March 28, 2010

To my cousins I would like to seed my deepest condolences. I apologize for not being with you Friday and for my dissertation getting in the way of that. My thought and prayers were and are with you all. It is hard to put into words what your mom represented to me; she set the bar very high in a very good way and faith, dignity, grace, love, proper, and amazing a few of the words that come to mind. Your collective successes are a reflection of all those things. Though your hearts are heavy take heart in knowing you need not look for the living among the dead for her faith has made her well because He has risen.

Pat Basgall

March 26, 2010

Hello,
I am so sorry that I am unable to attend the visitation and funeral, as I am out of town.
I was the administrative secretary at Central for 6 years on and off when Shirley volunteered at the front desk. I will always remember her for her many kindnesses to me. I so missed her friendship and efficiencies when she would be gone. I looked forward to the days she would be back from the lake or from one of her trips with her family or friends. She loved her family and friends and had so many stories to tell of the many times you spent together. I am so sorry for your loss but because of our faith we know we will meet her again.
God's blessings to all of you. I was so gifted to have been a very small part of her life.
Pat Basgall

Susie Stewart Reynhout

March 26, 2010

Your mother was a wonderful woman who touched the lives of many. I was truly blessed to have been cared for by her as a child. She was a great influence in my life and a very dear friend to my mother. All of you "boys" were so loved by my mother. I have so many memories of your family and will treasure them always. Thank you for sharing your mother with a little girl in need. I will miss her deeply. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

March 25, 2010

The women of the Sparrow Hospital Auxiliary extend their sympathy. Shirley was greatly loved and respected in our group and we will miss her.

March 25, 2010

our thoughts are with you all this week, we hope that your time together is a celebration of her valued life. Don, we'll hope to see you in Colo. next month with your new grandchild. Fondly, Ted and Pam Stringer

March 24, 2010

Your mom will live on in our memories and your wonderful family. You are in our prayers.
Share His love, Garry & Pat Singel

Mrs. Renee, Jay, Brian & John Breslin

March 24, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

John Breslin

March 24, 2010

Don, Bill and David-
Your mother was always smiling very nice to me and a great lady. God bless her and your family always.

Leanna Bates-Beckner

March 24, 2010

Our thoughts & prayers our with you. I have many fond memories of spending time with your family.