Shirley "Sherry" Elaine Mencer
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October 1, 1943 - August 25, 2013
Idaho Falls - Shirley Elaine Mencer, 69, peacefully passed away on August 25, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Idaho Falls, ID. She was born in 1943 in Seattle, Washington to Shirley and Fredrick Heyman. On December 29, 1961, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She was stationed at Camp Pendleton, where she met her husband Edwin E. Mencer from Boise, Idaho. They were married on December 11, 1962 in San Diego, California.
Shirley was honorably discharged on December 12, 1962. She and Edwin had three children while they lived in Santa Ana, California until 1980. At that point they moved to Pocatello, Idaho, to get away from the city. There they raised many farm animals, tended a good sized garden and had one more child.
Eventually, Shirley returned to work, doing several odd jobs such as fast food, housekeeping, bar tending and doing alterations. She always liked to be sewing, knitting or something craft-related. She could make just about anything. Shirley was not only talented with crafts, she was an artist. She liked to draw with pencil or paint. Despite the artist stereo-type, she was always good with math. She also loved to read, and would often be found with a good book. She loved beaches, lighthouses, birds and cats.
Shirley battled breast cancer in 1991, and beat it. But in 2012 she was diagnosed with lung cancer, finally succumbing to the illness after a long struggle.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Eric (Barb) Mencer, Carey, Ohio; Steven (Heather) Mencer, Pocatello, Idaho; her daughters, Donna (Tad) Richardson, Blackfoot, Idaho; HeatherAngel (Michael) Patty Idaho Falls, Idaho; her grandchildren Steven, Brian, Kevin, Crystal, Carolyn, Candice, Catie, Chester, Carrmen, Brandon, Nathan, Andrew, Debbie, Kristen, James, Jon, Merrie, Lacey, Richard and one great-grandchild Kiara. She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin E. Mencer in 2004.
Shirley wished to be cremated. A Funeral service will be led by Reverend Steve Knudson at the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello, Idaho, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 11:00 AM. A private burial will take place at a later date. Donations may be made in her memory at the Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter or the Humane Society.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Sept. 11, 2013