MINERAL RIDGE - The Lord called home Irene E. Shirley, 84, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Vista Care at the Ridge.
Irene was born on June 15, 1929, in Mineral Ridge, the daughter of Frank Henry and Mary Ann Money Gifford, and lived in the Niles area her entire life.
For many years, she was a housekeeper, elder care and child care provider. She was a member of the Niles Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church and a Sunday school teacher.
She enjoyed singing, flower gardening, reading and all the activities at her church. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.
Irene is survived by four children, Dale (Karen) Shirley of West Middlesex, Pa., Deborah (Jack) Bradley of Vienna, Pamela Workman and Mike Cline of Hubbard, and Kimberly (fiance Bryan Orr) Coleman of Niles; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Lloyd Shirley, whom she married on Nov. 12, 1955, and who died on Nov. 17, 1976; three brothers, Howard, Cecil and Raymond Gifford; and three sisters, twins Viola and Helen Gifford, and Verda Fusselman.
Calling hours will 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Rohn Stearns and Pastor Allan McCracken will officiate.
Burial will be in Kerr Cemetery.
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