SHIRLEY R. DUPREE
Shirley Rae Dupree, age 73, passed away August 22, 2013 at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland. She died from a combination of Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and ALS.
Born in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1940, Shirley was the daughter of Ray and Pauline Holmes. One of twelve graduates of Big Horn High School, Big Horn, WY in 1958, she came to Washington in early 1959 at age 18 to work for Wyoming Congressman Keith Thomson.
Rep. Thomson was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1960, and died unexpectedly a month later. Shirley then was employed by Rep. Ed Finnegan of Illinois in 1961 and later worked for Rep. Jim Hanley of New York.
Mrs. Dupree enjoyed tennis, and later became an avid golfer. After her Congressional career she also sold women's fashions and had a needlepoint finishing business.
Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Holmes; her father, Ray Holmes; and her mother Pauline.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Jim Dupree of Silver Spring, Maryland; her daughter Jacqueline of Washington, D.C.; her son Jamie of Bethesda, Maryland; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held September 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Champion Ferries Funeral Home in Sheridan, Wyoming. A reception follows at the Sheridan Elks Club
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of two groups: the Sheridan County 4-H Foundation, 224 South Main St. Suite B-10, Sheridan, WY 82801; or to the Frontotemporal Dementia Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Chiadi Onyike, Director, 550 North Broadway, Suite 914, Baltimore, MD 21205.