Shirley Haynes Wise died surrounded by family on the night of Feb. 6, 2014. A bright light has left us, yet her grace and love live on in all who knew her. She was born May 31, 1931, in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the small Midwestern town she called home her whole life. After graduating from high school, she set off for El Camino College in Southern California where she met her husband, Tom. Once married, they spent the next 50 years traveling the world, living in Germany, Spain, Puerto Rico, Virginia, California, Illinois, Montana, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Texas. Along the way, they collected five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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Her career took her from modeling to real estate, and many other interesting jobs along the way, but her true vocation was the love of others. Among her outlets for this vocation was her work with the Salvation Army, where she served on the National Advisory Board for many years. She relished serving food in the shelters, collecting coats and even ringing the bell at Christmas. Her faith was central to her life and relationships, and she was a devoted church member and Sunday school teacher.
Through her family's many moves, Shirley had a way of making every town home and each house special. Her strength and warmth anchored her family as they faced the task of beginning anew in different parts of the world. She weathered the many tears that moving produced, but her family always knew in each new place they would be ok, thanks to her strength and love.
Shirley is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom and Sheila Wise, Jim and M'Lou Wise, John and Theresa Wise, Lili Stiff and Wesley Weaver and Siri and Lance Gilliland; her grandchildren and their spouses, Audra, Augusta, Luke, Rebecca, Derek and Shane Wise, Levi, Amy, Hannah, Calvin and Mackenzie Stiff; and her great-grandchildren, Violet and Scarlet Stiff.
She loved easily and deeply, and we will miss her greatly.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Alliance Fellowship, 205 N. Church Ave. in Bozeman at 10:30 a.m.
Shirley will be buried in beautiful Bozeman, Mont., next to her husband, Tom. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Salvation Army.
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 from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2014