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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway Po Box 337, Greenville, OH

OBITUARY

Shirley L Oswalt

May 10, 1936October 29, 2019
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Shirley L. Oswalt age 83, of Arcanum passed away at 6:10 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Brookdale of Greenville. Shirley was born May 10, 1936, in Greenville to the late Wilbur Keith & Helen L. (James) Markwith. In addition to her parents, Shirley was also preceded in death by her husband, Galen L. Oswalt on March 26, 2019; and a son-in-law, W. Kelly Ellison. Shirley is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law, G. Lynne & Steve Myers of Arcanum, Deborah L. & Craig Dynes of Arcanum and Sheryl A. & Kelly Kramer of Arcanum; grandchildren, Amber R. & Kyle Schlechty, Tyler J. & Chelsea Myers, Keyna L. & Nick Castelluccio, Kami L. & Jeff Knitt, Leigha A. & Jeffrey Brown, Maci L. & Austin Bruner, Chey D. & Rachel Kramer; step-grandchildren, Ryan C. & Becky Dynes and Mallory & Sean McDermott; great-grandchildren, Kody & Kaylee Schlechty, Colton J. & Keaton J. Myers, Sophia, Micah & Luke Castelluccio, Jay Knitt, Ivy & Henry Dynes, Cooper McDermott, Haydon & Easton Brown, and Jayce & Jayda Bruner; sisters & brothers-in-law, Pat & Lowell Randolph of Miamisburg and Barbara & Budd Dancer of DeGraff; and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was a homemaker and former substitute bus driver for Arcanum Schools. Shirley was a member of Castine Church and Darke County Farm Bureau. Shirley was a former Girl Scout Leader and 4-H Advisor. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, November 4, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Gary Cloyd officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington. The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Castine Church Mission Support.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 4, 2019

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Darlene Flory

November 3, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family 🙏
Darlene Flory

Tammy Alexander Wendel

November 1, 2019

Lynn, and family. my sincere condolences are with your family.
known your family since we were young kids. Love and prayers to you all.

Ryan Brehm

October 30, 2019

Shirley was one of the kindest people I ever knew. She never judged me and always encouraged me. She understood me. The kind, fun, and loving person she was shines through her family and I'm blessed to have y'all in my circle when and if I need you. I'll deeply miss your mom/grandma. Continue to show the world the lady she was through your daily lives like you all do already. Love and miss y'all!

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Shirley Lee (Markwith) Oswalt

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Galen & Shirley

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5 generations
Shirley, Sheryl
Helen Markwith, Leigha, Haydon

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Shirley Blooming?

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Galen & Shirley

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Lois Judy,
Galen & Shirley
Duane & Phyllis Wetzel

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Shirley & Galen
Dancing the night away

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Shirley Lee (Markwith) Oswalt

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Galen & Shirley

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5 generations
Shirley, Sheryl
Helen Markwith, Leigha, Haydon

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Shirley Blooming?

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Galen & Shirley

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Lois Judy,
Galen & Shirley
Duane & Phyllis Wetzel

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Shirley & Galen
Dancing the night away

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Tyler & Chelsea’s Wedding
Galen & Shirley

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Galen & Shirley

Biography

Shirley L. (Markwith) Oswalt was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends that knew her best, Shirley will be remembered as a very exceptional person. Shirley was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Shirley knew her as a well-respected woman, strong in her faith, willing to help those in need.

Shirley was born May 25; 1936 in Greenville, Ohio, where she grew up. She is the daughter of Wilbur Keith and Helen L Markwith. Shirley had two younger sisters, Pat and Barb.

      In school, Shirley was a bit of a rebel. She was one of the first to put soap in the fountain, on the circle, in Greenville. She also climbed the south water tower, despite her fear of heights, and painted her graduating year on the tower during flag rush. She graduated from Greenville High school in 1954.

      Shirley attended Ohio University for one year, majoring in Business, before coming back to Darke County to be a Farm Wife.

      On May 25, 1957 Shirley exchanged wedding vows with Galen Leroy Oswalt at the First Congregational Christian Church of Greenville, OH.

      Shirley was blessed with three daughters, Gail Lynne, Deborah Lee, and Sheryl Ann. Another blessing for Shirley was the gift of 7 grandchildren, Keyna, Kami, Amber, Tyler, Leigha, Maci, and Chey, 2 step grandchildren, Ryan, and Mallory. She also enjoyed her 15 great grandchildren, Sophia, Micah, Luke, Jay, Ivy, Henry, Cooper, Kody, Kaylee, Colton, Keaton, Haydon, Easton, Jayce, and Jayda

      Her primary occupation was homemaker. She enjoyed helping on the farm. She also was a substitute bus driver for Arcanum Schools.

Shirley enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She supported her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as they participated in various sports and other activities. She also enjoyed gardening and reading. Her love of God’s creation gave her a desire to travel.

      Shirley’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Pitsburg Church of the Brethren, Greenville Church of the Brethren, and Castine Church where she served in many different capacities over the years. She passed on her love for the Lord to her family. She also served as a Girl Scout Leader and a 4-H leader. She was a member of Darke County Farm Bureau.

      Shirley passed away on October 29, 2019 at Brookdale Care Center. Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Shirley was laid to rest in Miami Memorial Park.

Simply stated, Shirley was a strong, caring individual who would stop what she was doing to help anyone in need. Shirley leaves behind a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Shirley L Oswalt.