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May 20, 2017
Oh my!
I am so sorry to hear about this wonderful lady passing away. However, I am thrilled that she is able to receive her final reward...a huge celebration in heaven with the Lord, her Savior!
Shirley was a longtime family friend of my mother, Barbara Wallick Lee. Mom and Shirley were bonded by their nursing careers, their love of their families, their Christian faith and their crazy, wild, insane personalities! Those two ladies could talk on the phone for hours, just giggling and laughing the whole time. I remember visiting her whole family at the house on Ann street. Ralph and Shirley had amazing children who always took the time to talk to me, even though I was quite a few years younger than they were. They NEVER made me feel unwelcomed in their home...or anyplace else we would see them. Because of the Hammerle kids I could not wait to go to GHS and try to come even remotely close to their high school fun, their experiences, their loyality and pride as well as their academic achievements. They were definitely a perfect example of every teachers' ideal student.
I remember about 30 years ago when I called Shirley to tell her that my own mother had passed away. She immediately cried hysterically, followed by an abrupt silence. Shirley then went into one of the sweetest, kindest and most sincere apologies I have ever heard. She was so upset with herself for letting her own emotions get the best of her. She was so upset that she could express such raw feelings about one of her dearest friends without considering my feelings first. How could she minister to me if she was crying in my ear? Shirley was that kind of a lady; the kind that always put others first, that always tried to do her best for everyone else and the lady that was truly a rare and valuable gem!
My condolences to her children, grandchildren, great grands & that 1 very special great, great grandchild. I know your lives will be much more lonely without her. But I also know that your lives (and mine) are much more enriched from knowing and loving Shirley.
May 7, 2017
I'm 63 now, but when I was 16? I visited my Aunt Shirley who was living in Garland with her husband Ralph, and all my living cousins. I never met Joseph, who had passed first, but I was there for about a month. I didn't spend much time talking with Aunt Shirley, but, in my mind, she was a solid person in that family, a rock, a pillar - just something I took for granted because of a story her brother (my dad) told his kids at the dinner table when he was talking about his only sibling, Shirley. I am not that clear on the details, but Sarah, my sister remembers it well. I wanted to go to the memorial for Shirley so I could hear stories about her life but everything happened so fast, and i was moving residence here in NM, but, It appears Shirley never told this story to her kids ?? - Sometime late 1940s - early 50s (?), there was a huge circus fire in Connecticut, and there were charred and burned bodies all over, it was a huge disaster and many many got burned.. There were doctors around but they all fainted at the overwhelming carnage & couldn't help, but Shirley was a trained and experienced nurse. and took charge of the response, told what people to do what, how to do this or that, and it seemed to have a similarity to something like a battlefield image in my mind - many people were saved, I think Shirley got some kind of recognition for how she stepped up, took charge and so many people were saved under her knowledge, experience, strength of character, and leadership. - If you want to know more, Sarah, (my sister) would remember more details. It suddenly occurred to me that Aunt Shirley was not the bragging bravado type, and never even told her own children about this story. I don't know. But that's the only story I know, or can remember about her. She was a fine human and I know the world is better off having had her here, during her time, and I probably don't know the half of that we'll all visit and I hope to learn more about her. - Some day ~ Lars D. Roose, Albuquerque
May 4, 2017
It is our loss that we did not know our Aunt Shirley better. May God bless her and keep her. Our sincere condolences to all our cousins and their families.
May 2, 2017
Although I didn't know Shirley, I just wanted to tell the family and friends how sorry I am for the loss of your loved one. Please know that your family will be in my prayers. (John 11:1-44)