Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home

1806 East Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI


Shirley Kay Cornell

October 16, 1946November 24, 2019

Age 73, passed away peacefully at home on November 24, 2019, unexpectedly after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving family: Husband of 54 years, Gerald W. Cornell; two sons, Christopher (Siera) and Ryan (Jody); three grandchildren (Carissa, Christopher J. and Brooke); one great grandchild (Julian); three sisters Judith Schneider, (Robert) Stormy Bunch (Gary) and Charlene Maxwell; two sister-in-laws Sandy Fry (Bill) and Cindy Cole (Scott); cousin Lanny Couch; numerous special nieces, nephews, family members and friends. After high school Shirley worked as a Michigan Bell Telephone Operator until the arrival of her two children when she chose to stay home full-time until they began school. Shirley then began a home cleaning service business, and additionally assisted in office work for two family businesses (CAB Inc. and CCI LLC), for over 35 years. Shirley was dedicated and loving to her family, enjoyed working, exercising, sports (especially the Detroit Tigers), her pets and fed the wild birds and squirrels daily at her home. In accordance with Shirley’s wishes cremation has occurred. The Family invites everyone to join them in remembering their own personal good memories with Shirley in the past, and future thoughts or reminders whenever they may occur. A celebration of Shirley’s life (10-16-46–11-24-19) for her loved ones will be held at a future date in 2020. www.chasj.burden.com

Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home 1806 E. Michigan Ave. Jackson, Michigan 49202


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Char Maxwell

December 3, 2019

Remembering all the times with my Sister Shirley, both the happy ones from silliness and celebrations and the sad ones with hugs and prayers. What a blessing to me to have such a caring sister and a true friend to share my life with. And, until I am reunited spiritually in Heaven with Shirl, other family members and the saints, I am thankful there will always be a special place for her in my heart I can remember whenever I feel the need.

Let all of Shirley's loved ones be comforted, strengthened
and drawn closer to each other in every way to encourage them so the void in their hearts may heal in unity. Let our belief in God as reality and Creator be assured as he has made known to all his children's hearts and minds through His Holy Spirit that lives in us.