McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe

204 South Main Street, Monroe, NC


Shirley Dianne Outen

June 25, 1947March 14, 2020

Shirley Dianne Outen was born in Monroe NC, June 25, 1947 and passed March 14, 2020 at 72 years of age.

Ms. Outen served in various positions including executive Vice President at Monroe Oil Company for over twenty years. Leaving the business community in 1989, she dedicated the remainder of her professional life to adult education at South Piedmont Community College with the Union County Department of Social Services. She also accomplished a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education in 1999. Retiring from public life in 2012, she enjoyed family and traveling.

Ms. Outen survived both parents: Douglas Plato and Martha Stephenson Outen. Being born-again and baptized at Sardis Baptist Church in her youth, she was a Christian and maintained a relationship to the Baptist denomination. Surviving relatives include one sister and brother-in-law, Lowell and Nancy Broadway; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Chuck and Penny Griffin and Tony and Kim Griffin, as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and the love of her life, Mr. Sherrill Talley. She is also survived by one cousin with his wife, Micheal and Gloria Stephenson. All of the family resides in and around Monroe NC.

Visitation will be Friday, March 20, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe, with a service to celebrate her life beginning at 2:00pm in McEwen's Colonial Chapel. A committal service will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park. Ms. Outen was a bright and glittering light and will be sorely missed.... until we meet again.

McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the Outen family.


  • Visitation Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, March 20, 2020


Shirley Dianne Outen

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