Shirley Ann Madison Herley
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Shirley Ann Madison Herley was born in Casper, WY on 3/24/1928. Her father was a veteran of the first World War. Shirley grew up in Huron, S.D., pop. 10,000, where her parents had purchased a small furnace business. She loved the prairie and the fields of wheat. Shirley graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in Ohio, one of the finest music schools in the nation. She drove to Long Beach, opened her piano studio, and worked as church organist and accompanist for the Long Beach City College Choir. She was married to James Herley in 1954 and they had three children. Shirley was a convert to the Catholic Church and devoted to church and spiritual activities. She served as organist at Our Lady of Refuge for 10 years. She supported the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Palos Verdes and served for 20 years in pastoral care at Long Beach Memorial Hospital and several convalescent hospitals. Her service to the church was recognized by the Benemerenti Medal from the Vatican in Rome, which was presented to her at a special service by the Bishop. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, and was loved and respected by her family and friends. She passed away at home after several years with Alzheimer's illness. She is survived by her husband James Herley of Long Beach, son David of Long Beach, daughter Erin of Apple Valley, and Myralyn of Virginia, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Service will be at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic church, 5195 E. Stearns Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 on 11/24/12 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Nov. 22, 2012