Shirley Elaine Dressor

September 18, 1928January 3, 2021
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Shirley Elaine (Washburn) Dressor, 92 of Greeley, passed away surrounded by love at the home of her son Terry and his wife Lana.

Shirley was born in Greeley on September 18, 1928, growing up in the Briggsdale, CO community all of her childhood and youth. Most of her adult life was lived in Greeley, CO. Her father and mother were Roy and Frances (Causey) Washburn. Shirley attended all 12 years of Elementary and High School in the Briggsdale School. She was an active member of the Briggsdale and Weld County 4-H Clubs during her youth. Shirley attended college at “AGGIES” in Fort Collins, which is now Colorado State University.

On June 12, 1949, Shirley married Charles Gilbert Dressor. Shirley was working for the Weld County Health Department in 1949. Their marriage was blessed with two children; Diane Del Dressor of Evans, CO, and Terry Clark Dressor of Newcastle, WY.

Shirley was a former member of the member of the Home Demonstration Club and was a 4-H Leader for a few years when her children were young. She also taught Sunday School for several years as well as being an Assistant Brownie and Girl Scout Leader.

In the 60’s and 70’s, Shirley took some secretarial night classes with what is now Aims Community College. Then, in February 1966, Shirley went to work at a secretarial job for Colorado State College where she remained for nearly 22 years. Most of this time was spent with the College of Human Performance and Leisure Studies at what is now the University of Northern Colorado. She retired in October of 1987.

Shirley was an active member of the Bethel Baptist Church. As well as singing in the church choir, she enjoyed most music and played her home piano. Her retirement years were spent on her home and yard, some community volunteer jobs, some travel, and MOSTLY SHARING LIFE with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her daughter Dianne Dressor of Evans, CO; her son Terry Dressor (Lana) of Newcastle, WY; grandchildren Sara (Dressor) Winslow (Chris Sr.) of Casper, WY, Dana (Dressor) Curry (Jason) of Crystal Lakes, CO, Randi (Meeks) Bocanergra (Carlos) of Severn, MD, Gannon Meeks (Nikki) of Douglas, WY, Westen Meeks of Wright, WY, Nolan Lee Meeks (Berdeena) of Casper, WY, Joanna (Meeks) Edwards of Douglas, WY; and by 18 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held starting at 12:30 with services to follow beginning at 1:00 P.M. at Bethel Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley CO 80634.

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  • Gannon Meeks, Pallbearer
  • Westen Meeks, Pallbearer
  • Lee Meeks, Pallbearer
  • Cyruss Meeks, Pallbearer
  • Witten Meeks, Pallbearer
  • Don Sheller, Pallbearer
  • Brett Sheller, Pallbearer
  • Kaye Washburn, Honourary Pallbearer
  • Christopher Winslow, Honourary Pallbearer
  • Hudson Edwards, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Harrison Edwards, Honourary Pallbearer
  • Terry Dressor, Honourary Pallbearer
  • Ed Getch, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


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Christine Washburn

January 12, 2021

Thinking back now, Shirley is in so many of my childhood memories. She was always so kind and giving, she came to every single family event she could, she wrote us a Christmas Card, unfailingly, every year. I can remember her distinct handwriting so vividly. I remember her smile. I remember her singing. I remember how engaging she was to talk to (as demonstrated by the attached picture). Although it has been many years since I have seen Shirley, she was always a calming comforting presence in my life. I will miss her but know she is now at peace. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her family.

Nolan Nix

January 11, 2021

Our hearts are with you Terry, Lana, Diane and the rest of Shirley's family. I first met Shirley in 1974 when I was attending UNC in Greeley. I had to do some business with the administrative offices at the university a couple of times and both times I was lucky enough to be helped by Mrs. Dressor. She was so sweet, reassuring and just pleasant that it led me to believe that Greeley was a city of saints. I never forgot her. So 25 years later when my sister Lana invited us up to Greeley to meet her beloved Terry and his family for breakfast I was floored to see that Mrs. Dressor was his mother! Wow, this guy was the son of a saint. Needless to say, I was more than comforted to know Lana was going to be cared for by one sweet family. Lana and our entire family have been blessed these years hence by the fruits of Shirley's sweet and kind nature and her qualities passed down through her goodhearted son. Our most recent memories are from the pleasure of being with her for her 90th birthday a couple of years ago, Kelly, Will and I. Will played the piano for her, which she seemed to particularly enjoy. She was a blast for us. So cute, so kind, so considerate always. Shirley most certainly was a saint and a blessing to all who knew her. May she Rest In Peace, and may her memory be a blessing to all that had the privilege to have known her.

Sandy Magnuson

January 9, 2021

Though I am also from Briggsdale, I didn't get acquainted with Shirley until we moved to Greeley in 2001. I loved visiting with her at Concerts Under the Stars, alumni banquets, and other places we found one another. Hers was a beautiful smile that radiated from her loving soul.

She and my mother were friends, and my mom admired her greatly. I wish I could remember what Mom said about Shirley -- those specific comments escape me. The heart-felt appreciation and admiration my mom expressed for Shirley made an impression on me that I could not forget (and I certainly don't want to!). Our world is a better place because we were graced with the friendship of Shirley Dressor. Blessings to you.

Brittany VanDeusen

January 7, 2021

I have wonderful memories of Grandma Shirley around every Christmas. I'll always remember her decorated Christmas sugar cookies she'd have out for us when we would visit, they were my favorite and I reminisce every time I make a batch of my own. She'll certainly be missed by many.

Beth Ann Baumgartner

January 6, 2021

We met Shirley at Bethel. She was such a kind woman. Later we found she knew my husband's father out at Briggsdale. May she be dancing in heaven now.

Dennis and Ellen Perkins

January 6, 2021

Terry, Lana and Dianne,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Miss Shirley was a special lady. Know she will be missed.
Dennis and Ellen