Shirley Ann Wise

May 12, 1941June 13, 2021

Shirley Ann (Redkey) Wise

Age 80, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant Assisted Living in Monroe, Ohio. Shirley was born in Middletown Ohio on May 12, 1941. She was raised by her maternal grandparents Benjamin H. and Laura Miller after her mother Anna Mae Redkey passed away when she was just 4 months old. She attended Hamilton High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, David Wise in 1957. They were married 55 years until his death in 2013. She was Executive Secretary at the John Aarp Co. in Middletown until closing but her passion since 1974 was raising, showing and grooming her beloved Yorkshire Terriers. She was a longtime member of the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America (YTCA) and Eastern Star, Cardinal Chapter #140.

Mom was known to everyone as the “Yorkie Lady”. The dogs were her life and obsession and it was only fitting she passed during the weekend of her favorite dog show, Westminster. She got her first yorkie, Brandywine, with a small inheritance from her grandfather. Shannon, Angel, Ashley, Guy, Meghan, Lily, Lacey, Sophie, Gaby, Haley, Victoria, Summer and Isabella followed, creating the ‘Wises Yorkies’ legacy. Over the next 45 years, along came many wonderful and cherished friends she made along the way. She is survived by her daughter Susan and her wife, Chie Yoshimura who she also considered a daughter. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jean Redkey in 2003. She never got over the sudden loss of her friend, Sharon Foust in 2014 or beloved cousin Carole Winkle in 2020.

Interment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park, Hamilton Ohio in a glass-front niche in the Rose Mausoleum to be filled with a very tiny fraction of her massive collection of favorite Yorkie things. A Celebration of Life complete with cake, because we all know mom loved cake, will follow at a later date.

We want to thank her wonderful physician Dr. Omer Hurlburt III and the staff at Mt. Pleasant and Hospice of Dayton for their great care. Mom will be greatly missed by her treasured furbabies Summer, Isabella Kitten & her beloved granddog Stitch, her family and all who knew her – and their dogs.


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Millie Knutson

June 17, 2021

Susan and Chie, I am so very sorry for this great loss , your Mom was beautiful inside out and years ago we had lots of fun , had a birthday club, I have everything Shirley ever made me, such talent she had , may you be comforted by precious memories, and know that others care,,
Love, Millie

Anita Flick

June 15, 2021

She started me on my first journey of loving yorkies since got I got my first yorkie from her 45 years ago. Since I live in Florida, she was my long distance friend. I always received the neatest yorkie Chritmas cards from her, which I still have. My daughter and I stopped in to see her last summer and am so great full for that visit. She was indeed a special lady and I will miss her.