Shirley J. Whitfield


MINERAL RIDGE — Shirley J. Whitfield, 77, of Vista Center at the Ridge, Assisted Living, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 17, 2016, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Shirley was born Nov. 23, 1938, in Indiana, Pa., a daughter of David E. and Elsie Wilkins Byers.

Shirley was a secretary with Taylor-Winfield Inc. and later with Mullins Manufacturing.

She was a 1957 graduate of Lordstown High School. Shirley was a loving caregiver to her parents, her sister and her brother and enjoyed being with her friends. She had a sharp wit and enjoyed square dancing and reading. Shirley’s husband, Royal C. Whitfield, whom she married Oct. 28, 1967, died Dec. 27, 2003.

Shirley is survived by her niece and nephews, Dennis (Jeannie) Byers and Lynda (David) Fowler, both of Lordstown, Kenneth (Karen) Welty of Canfield and David (Kathy) Byers of Newton Falls; her best friend, Martha Sear, who was like a sister to Shirley, and Martha’s husband, Joe, and their family.

Besides her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her brothers, Norman and Harry Byers; and her sisters, Evelyn Brobst and Helen Welty.

The family would like to thank Martha and Joe Sear and the Vista Center at the Ridge and Hospice of the Valley, for their compassionate care and concern for Shirley.

There will be services at 11 a.m. Friday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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