Shirley M. McCullough Best

December 19, 1935August 3, 2012

BEST, Shirley M. (76) Our Wonderful Wife, Loving Mother and Grandmother, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2012. The daughter of Charlie O. & Edith McCullough; Shirley Mae entered this world December 19, 1935.

During her childhood, Shirley’s parents worked for Kaiser Shipyards in Portland, Oregon building Liberty Ships for World War II. Her family then moved to the Grand Coulee, Washington area, where she was a member of the 1953 Coulee Dam High School graduating class. Shirley’s next and greatest adventure began on August 10, 1953 when she married Bert E. Best in Ephrata, Washington. Students of the Lincoln, Idaho and Sagle, Idaho schools had the opportunity to enjoy District Head Cook: Shirley Best’s wonderful recipes. Aside from her culinary ability, Shirley made wonderful crocheted items which she would sell at area bazaars and enjoyed growing her beautiful flowers. Her greatest joy though was spending time with her family and loved spoiling her grandchildren.

Predeceased by her brother: Robert McCullough; Shirley’s legacy lives on through her beloved husband of 58 years: Bert Best at home in Grand Coulee, WA; son: Jeff Best (Evelyn) of Taylorsville, Utah; daughters: Vicki Peterson of Sandpoint, Idaho, Sherry Howard (Rick) of Anchorage, Alaska and Sandra Lynn Morrison (Pat) of Irrigon, Oregon; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life graveside inurnment will be held at the Spring Canyon Cemetery, Grand Coulee, Washington on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Paul Wagner officiating.

Strate Funeral home of Grand Coulee, Washington is caring for the family. Please sign her online register book at


  • Graveside Service Friday, August 10, 2012

Shirley M. McCullough Best

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Donna Cunning

August 13, 2012

My deepest sympathy to Shirley's family. She was in my graduation class at Coulee Dam High School and I have fond memories of our years in high school. I know she will be missed by her family and friends.
Donna Marie Smith Cunning

August 10, 2012

My condolences to the family of Shirley. I graduated with her from CDHS in
l953. I remember her well. She was very active in all school activities. A
great friend. Donald LeRoy Sherwood