SYCAMORE – Shirley A. Coakes, 76, of Sycamore, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Born Sept. 6, 1936, in Chicago, the daughter of Ernest T. and Bessie E. (Mulyck) Johnson, Shirley married Raynor E. Coakes in 1957 at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Aurora. She was a 1954 graduate of West Aurora Senior High School. Shirley was a former resident of Aurora; Groveport, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; and Sycamore.
She was employed by Barber-Greene Co. for more than 25 years, first as a budget analyst and later as payroll supervisor. She later was employed for five years in Human Resources (payroll) at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, until her retirement.
Shirley was a former Cub Scout den mother at Nancy L. Hill School in Aurora. She was former treasurer and charter member of the Near Northwest Neighborhood Association of Aurora. Shirley enjoyed decorative painting, crafts, needlework of all types and socializing with friends.
She is survived by her children, who were her pride and joy, and the most important thing in her life, Michael (Cynthia) Coakes of Park Ridge and Michelle Coakes of Springfield; a step-granddaughter, Kim Olson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and many cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special friend, Gordon Howard.
The memorial visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Interment of cremated remains will be on a later date River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shirley A. Coakes Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
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or call 815-756-1022.