Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY


Shirley J. Allison

January 29, 1932July 12, 2019

Calling hours for Shirley J. Allison will be held 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam. There will be a short service afterward. Shirley passed away Friday evening (July 12, 2019) at Canton-Potsdam Hospital with her daughters by her side.

Shirley is survived by twin daughters Jeanne (Lyle) Montgomery from East Lansing, MI and Janet (Robert) Myers of Deland, FL, Nina (Michael) Nuwer of Norwood and Lisa (Ralph Margerum) Allison of Willards, MD; a brother Oliver Cox Jr. of Houston and sisters Nina Ray of Norman, OK and LaVeda Aab of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren Cindy Coye, Kristin Meissner, Allison Leroux, Carly Draper, and Jessica Nuwer; and 8 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Thelbert H. Allison, and 4 brothers.

Shirley was born on January 29, 1932 to the late Oliver and Lena (Dorsey) Cox in Howe, Oklahoma. She graduated as valedictorian from Howe High School and went on to college for a year before marrying Thelbert “Bud” Allison in 1951. In 1971 they moved to Potsdam for her husband’s military career, and retired here. She was a homemaker for many years and worked for R & R Gun Shop in Colton for 10 years.

She was a member of the Emanuel Baptist Church in Potsdam, secretary and member of Coffee Cup Bowling League, and a league player for Meadowbrook Golf Club. She enjoyed reading, playing golf, bowling, needlework, sewing, solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles and cooking. She was well-loved in the community for her kindness, generosity and friendliness. Memorial contributions can be made to Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation; 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY 13676 or the Potsdam Public Library; 2 Park Street #1; Potsdam, NY 13676. Condolences and fond memories may be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, July 17, 2019


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Kathie Pierce

July 17, 2019

Shirley was a terrific friend and sister in Christ. She had a big ,kind and loving heart . She always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.

Al and Mary Lou Nuwer

July 17, 2019

Our fondest memories of Shirley were when she came out to visit us with Nina and Mike. We had such fun that summer playing host. Other visits with her in Potsdam when we would come visit she was always laughing or smiling. A happy woman who loved her girls deeply and enjoyed being a grandmother. We often shared similarities of aging grandmothers. I will miss hearing about her in the future when I talk with Mike and Nina.

Eileen and Pete Basham

July 17, 2019

Shirley has been a long-time friend and dearly loved. She was special in many many ways - her kindness, thoughtfulnesss, and for the many hours she devoted to serving at Emmanuel Baptist Church. She will not be forgotten. Special prayers for you all and especially for Lisa.

Patricia Rabideau

July 17, 2019

Michael & Nina and families. Sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all in this very difficult time.

Patricia Dunn

July 16, 2019

I golfed with Shirley before my husband Arnold passed and we
had many good times together on the golf course.

I have since moved to Flagler Beach Florida and read the North
Country News and saddened to hear of her passing.

You had a wonderful Mother.

Pat Dunn

Tom & Donna Fenner

July 16, 2019

Our deepest condolences to all the family’s in these very difficult times,Shirley was loved my so many and will be miss by all,she brought a smile with her where ever she went and always a kind word. She will always be in our hearts and your are all in our thoughts prayer’s.

Karen Condon (Gallegly)

July 15, 2019

Jeanne & Janet, fond memories of ur mom from long ago days in Heavener. She was such a sweet and beautiful lady inside and out.

Paul Horne

July 15, 2019

What great memories of my childhood aunt Shirley was full of life and laughter god bless her soul.