Phyllis Shirley

PEKIN - Phyllis Darlene Shirley, 79, of Pekin passed away at 7:50 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

She was born Dec. 17, 1934, in Pekin to Thomas C. and Florence A. (Thurman) Shirley.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Surviving are one brother, Pastor Thomas (Luanna) Shirley of Hillsboro; one sister, Mina Mae (Merville) Holverson of Pekin; seven nieces and nephews, Michael P. (Joyce) Holverson of River Forest, Michele (Timothy) Sullivan of Huntsville, Ala., Luanna Louise Shirley of Greenville, S.C., Maelene Florence (David) Wormley of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Marcene Phyllis (Mack) Farley of East Peoria, Thomas D. Shirley Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Donella Joy (Donald) Sweazy of Bennington, Neb.; and nine great-nieces and nephews. She also leaves four great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was a 1952 graduate of Pekin Community High School and a 1955 graduate of the Methodist College of Nursing. She also had earned her bachelor of science degree from Bradley University.

A registered nurse for more than 40 years, Phyllis began and ended her nursing career at Pekin Hospital. She also worked for Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, where she served in several positions, including as assistant director to the vice president of Nursing Service, and she was an instructor for the Methodist College of Nursing.

Phyllis was a part of several nursing organizations and formerly enjoyed bowling. She was a member of the Pekin YWCA and participated in the swimming group. Phyllis also was a member of the Spring Lake Sportsman's Club and enjoyed going to dinner there with her friends.

Phyllis was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin and had attended Sunday school at the Pekin Union Mission.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Thomas D. Shirley, her brother, will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and also one half-hour before the funeral, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Phyllis considered her dogs as her children and because of her love for animals, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Funeral Home

500 N 4th St Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-2176

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 23, 2014