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Shirley Miller Budinger

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Shirley Miller Budinger Shirley Ann Miller was born June 9, 1934, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Howard O. Miller and Faith J. Miller. She died January 29, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 78. Shirley graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph. She attended St. Joseph Junior College for two years before transferring to the University of Arizona, from which she graduated. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. On June 1, 1956, Shirley married Philip M. Budinger who was then a flight instructor at Marana Air Base in Arizona. Shirley and Philip moved to Casa Grande, Arizona, whrere Shirley taught high school English. The following year they moved back to Tucson to start their family. They had two sons, Philip Miller Budinger and Stephen McKinley Budinger, who became outstanding student-athletes at Catalina High School, and went on to graduate from Brown University and Stanford University, respectively. Shirley was an active volunteer in such community activities as Junior League, PTA, Boy Scouts of America, and Little League Baseball. When her sons went off to college, Shirley went back to teaching, working at Nogales High School and then at Cholla High School. Shirley retired from teaching in 1985 to become office manager for her husband's financial services business. In 1989 she fulfilled her lifelong dream of traveling around the world with her husband. Although Shirley had been confined to a walker and her home in recent years, she never lost her great sense of humor or her excellent smile. She is remembered by her many students to whom she imparted an enjoyment and deeper understanding of reading. Most importantly, she is remembered by her family as a loving wife, mother, aunt and grandmother, and by all who knew her for her warmth, wit, and willingness to roll up her sleeves and get things accomplished. She is survived by her husband, her brother and sister in Missouri, two sons, and four grandchildren. At the deceased's request, there will be no services. Also, the family asks that no flowers or donations be sent, please. Arrangements by RESEARCH FOR LIFE.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 3, 2013
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