Our dear wife and mother, Shirley Ann White, went to be with her Lord Jesus, peacefully at home, on Jan. 3, 2010.
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She was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Dickinson, N.D., to Frank and Ina McKenzie. Her father worked for the railroad, and she was raised in North Dakota and Montana before moving to Seattle where she graduated from Garfield High School in 1947.
She met her husband, Ray White, on a blind date while visiting family in Bozeman in 1947. They were married on Aug. 3, 1950, at First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman and settled on the family ranch west of Bozeman, and together had three sons.
While living in Bozeman, Shirley worked for the Production Marketing Association (PMA) from 1948 to 1951 and for Montana State University Department of Architecture from 1965 to 1979. When Shirley retired from MSU, the faculty and students set up a scholarship in her name.
After leaving MSU, she co-founded J&S Secretarial Service in the early 1980s and volunteered with the Gallatin County Pioneer Museum for 17 years, setting up displays, serving on the board of directors and as president of the Society from 1995 to 1999.
Shirley was a faithful member of the Bible Study Fellowship, and First Presbyterian Church of Bozeman.
She was an avid skier on both snow and water and enjoyed many fun times at Bear Canyon and Bridger Bowl. She traveled through Yellowstone Park and to Two Top via snowmobile with family and friends most every winter. Shirley and Ray treasured their many trips to the Calgary Stampede and to the family cabin in the Squaw Creek drainage of the Gallatin. Shirley loved to league bowl through the years with her friends and achieved a trophy for a 200 game which she was very proud of, and also enjoyed the many years of playing cards every month with the girls.
Shirley was an accomplished fly fisherman. She grew up fishing in the Deep Creek area east of Townsend and later enjoyed fishing with her father-in-law, Bud, and family on Middle Creek that runs through the lower ranch. Other favorite places to fish were Squaw Creek and the Gallatin River near the family's cabin.
She is survived by her husband, Ray; three sons, Steve (wife Pam "PJ"), Kerry (wife Patty), and Craig (wife Gretchen); grandchildren, Matthew (wife Rachel), Kimberly (husband, Nick Poncelet), Timothy and Brian; great-grandchildren, Owen and Nora; brother-in-law, Jack White (wife Rita); brother, Frank McKenzie Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim McKenzie; and sister, Betty McKenzie.
We all will dearly miss her and always remember the deepest love she shared with everyone she touched. There was never a time that anyone went hungry or without a place to stay when visiting our family ranch in Bozeman.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church; the Gallatin County Pioneer Museum; or to the "Shirley White Architectural Scholarship" c/o the Department of Architecture at Montana State University.
The memorial service for Shirley will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman. Interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery will be at 10 a.m. for extended family.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2010