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Hillcrest Memorial Center
Shirlene Brown, 77, died September 9, 2013 at Kadlec Medical Center, Richland, WA. She was born September 14, 1935 in San Angelo, Texas to parents Charles Oswell and Irene Lull (Linder) Wallace.
Shirlene has worked as a Registered Nurse; an outstanding nurse and manager. She led her teams by being a good example and by genuinely caring about her residents and staff. Shirlene mentored many during her career and had a gift for managing people. Shirlene was the Head Nurse of the Intensive Care Unit at Kadlec Hospital from 1968-1972; office nurse for R. F. Dunlop, J. H. Resol, N. Racsa, P. Cheng; Director of Nursing and Executive Director for Richland Life Care Center; office manager for Dr. Hamner's Richland Medical Group; Executive director for Columbia Edgewater. After a full nursing career she did retire from employment but never from nursing.
Shirlene attended Central Washington University, Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Whitworth College, Columbia Basin College, and University of Washington.
Shirlene was a living example of how a little girl with a hard childhood could overcome huge obstacles and become a strong, educated woman, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Words cannot begin to express how she has impacted our lives and how much she will be missed by her family and friends.
Shirlene lived in the moment and was full of fun and life. She never put off till tomorrow what she could do today. She was quick, witty mischievous and smart. When she was a young lady she built a boat by hand using special wood. She later used it for skiing on the Columbia River. She was also part owner of one of the first hydroplanes in Kennewick. Shirlene enjoyed snow skiing and was on a ski patrol as a young lady. She loved playing and watching golf and participated in some women's tournaments as a young lady, winning some too. Shirlene was musical. She played the trumpet and ukulele and sang alto in a small church group, her favorite song was "Victory In Jesus". Shirlene enjoyed archery and shooting with her boys when they were growing up, along with camping and fishing. In her later years she rekindled her love for horses and enjoyed going to horse shows. Shirlene got involved with breeding Quarter horses and loved the Spring when the baby foals arrived. Shirlene enjoyed being out on the ranch with the horses and family. She frequently reminisced about riding a horse she had when she was young named Bobbi Sox. She loved cooking and could make the best Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. Almost every year Shirlene would go to Rockaway Beach. She loved it there, the sand and the waves, smells, antiques, food, 4th of July celebrations, storms, time with friends and family. Shirlene never stopped learning; books were her friends, especially the Bible and had an eloquent way of sharing God's love. God was first in Shirlene's life.
Shirlene passed from this life to a better life on Monday, September 9th. As many of you know she had many health concerns. Shirlene handled them with grace and supernatural determination to not let them hold her back. She lived life to the fullest every day. One of her favorite scriptures was "I have not the spirit of fear but of power". She was a reflection of that verse. She will be forever missed by those who know and love her. That infectious smile and twinkle in her eye will be remembered.
Shirlene is survived by her sons, Sam Brown and wife Kim of Pasco and granddaughter Alexis; Scott Brown and wife Shelly of Burbank and grandchildren Spencer and Samantha Brown; Adopted family by Shirlene, Jackie Johnston and husband Scott of Kennewick and grandchildren Brian Johnston and wife Ashley of Germany; Lindsey Mohl and husband Kyle of Kennewick; two greatgrandchildren, Layla Mohl and Cayden Johnston; sister Frankie Jo Erne of Indiana; nephews Ron and Mark Fryar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lois Wallace and Irene Lull Linder Wallace; Cleburne and Undeen Wallace; Mildred Carter; Cora Lee Fryar.
A graveside service will be held at Columbia Memorial Chapel, Pasco on September 27, at 3:30 pm. There will be a celebration of Shirlene's life following the service at TriCities Assisted Living and Memory Care.
A special Thank You to the friends and staff at Royal Columbian.
For online condolences, please visit www.HillcrestMemorialCenter.com.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Sept. 22, 2013