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Shirley Chesterman Obituary
Shirley Chesterman 1935-2010 Shirley Chesterman (ne Singer) passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Santa Rosa, CA, after a long illness. Shirley was born in San Diego, CA on July 9, 1935, to Oliver Bell Singer of Yoakum, TX, and Ada Annie White of London, England. She was the youngest of their three children. She grew up in San Bruno and graduated from San Mateo High School. She was elected Honored Queen of Jobs Daughters. She received her nursing degree from the Mt. Zion Hospital School of Nurses in San Francisco, CA. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Stanford University and her master's degree from Western New Mexico University. Throughout her health care career of almost 50 years, Shirley was a passionate advocate for her patients and their well-being. She worked in intensive care, coronary care, public health, home health and hospice, in a variety of hospital and clinical settings. She held leadership positions at various institutions, such as Director of Nursing at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, NM, Regional Director of Hospice Training for Nevada County and Director of In-service at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA, Director of Upjohn Home Health Care Services in Reno, NV, Supervisor at Sparks Family Hospital in Sparks, NV, and was the founding Director of Nursing at Hearthstone of Northern Nevada. Shirley married the Very Reverend Thomas C. Chesterman, Jr. on June 28, 1958, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. They have three children; Thomas C. Chesterman III, Timothy Hannes Chesterman, and Tia Wilcox. Their family grew with the additions of daughter-in-law Beth, son-in-law Trevor, and four grandchildren, Christian, Tabitha, Noah and Timmy, as well as a wide circle of extended family and friends. Shirley demonstrated an even more developed passionate advocacy for her family members, had a love of history, antiquities and travel, and a dramatic flair for adventure. She participated in husband Tom's ministry, which took them to much of Europe, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Cuernavaca, Mexico, as well as Chinatown San Francisco and Truckee, CA. Shirley battled diabetic complications in her later years, and more recently struggled with mobility issues after a failed back surgery in 2002. Despite these limitations, she lived a very full and enthusiastic life, infusing her spirit into those who were fortunate to know her. In her ever-changing and eventful life, Shirley was especially blessed with the constant support and companionship of husband Tom. Their 51 years of marriage has been an example of strength and devotion to their children and grandchildren. A memorial service and Holy Eucharist is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. A special service will also be scheduled at Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge, California. In lieu of flowers, Shirley's family would like to request that you make a donation to the Parent Hospital Association of Sonoma Developmental Center (PO Box 237, Eldridge, CA 95431) in her name. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 707-525-3730
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2010
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