1930 ~ 2012|
Shirley Birch Amicone, 82, passed away peacefully due to causes incidental to age on November 15, 2012 at the Atria Sandy Senior Living Center where she resided for the last six months in Sandy, Utah.
Shirley was born on May 14, 1930, to John and Myrtle Birch in Murray, Utah. She graduated from Murray High School.
She married "Jim" James Eugene Amicone on October 17, 1948. They were happily married for sixty-three years before his death on September 8, 2011. She worked closely alongside Jim to establish little league, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball programs in the Granger area.
She played for the Utah Shamrocks women's fastpitch softball team during the 1940s. She loved golf, and she was the proud owner of her own hole-in-one, but she loved even more how often it brought her family together. More than anything, however, she loved to go to the ballpark and watch her sons, grandsons and daughter-in-law play baseball and softball. She never missed a game and may have seen more ballgames than any woman in Utah! She was known for her sweet and gentle nature, and she spent the majority of her life thinking about others rather than herself.
She worked for more than 20 years at Valley Bank & Trust as a teller and teller supervisor.
She is survived by her sons, Jim (Desiree) of South Jordan, Utah, and Marc (Mary Kay) of Sandy, Utah; two grandsons, Trevor and Derek; brothers, Jack Birch (Heidi) of Murray, Utah, Ronald Birch (Cherie) of Murray, Utah, and sister Terry Rozema (Ron) of Riverton, Utah.
She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband Jim, sister Virginia Markus, brother Larry Birch, and infant brother James Roscoe Birch.
Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff at Atria Sandy for their love and support of Mom over the past six months as well as her caregivers from Pine Mountain Hospice, especially her friend Minie.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Mortuary located at 5850 South 900 East in Murray. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21 at 11 a.m. at the mortuary, where friends may call prior to the service at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Mountain View Memorial Cemetery located at 3115 East 7800 South in Sandy immediately following the funeral service.
Published in Deseret News on Nov. 18, 2012