Elizabeth (Betsy) Wesley Shirley, 93, passed away at her home, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
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She was born in 1923 and grew up in Monroe, Michigan. After graduating from High School she went to Arizona in 1942. There she met and married Forrest Shirley, who soon went into the Army and served his country in Europe for three years during World War II.
In the summer of 1948 they moved to Montana and settled on Cold Springs Creek near the Madison River. Their four children attended Cherry Creek School, and later Harrison School. Boys who needed a home were welcomed into the family, and on weekends many dear friends would gather to share good times. Forrest died in 1985 and her only daughter, Elaine, died in 1999.
She is survived by three sons, Ken (Jackie) of Ennis, Stuart (Annie) of Melstone, Montana, Forrest of Idaho; son-in-law, Roland Moore of Norris; special sons, Johnny France of Ennis, Buck and Smokie Brannaman of Wyoming, Carl Tallman of Washington, Joe Ray of Belgrade, and Royce Sene of Emigrant; and many grandchildren.
She loved her Lord and her church family at Assembly of God in Ennis.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 1, 2016