Shirley Gay (Munger) Cahan|
March 8, 1946 - October 13, 2013
SALEM - Shirley Gay (Munger) Cahan, age 67, passed away Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, at her home in Salem, Oregon.
Shirley was born March 8, 1946, in The Dalles, Oregon to Otto Benjamin Munger and Edna Grace Munger who preceded her in death. She graduated from Riverside High School in Boardman, Oregon. She was married to Neil Frank Richard Cahan on November 5, 1977, in Vancouver, WA. Shirley and Neil had lived within the Willamette Valley in Corvallis; Lebanon; Dallas; Monmouth; and finally, Salem, Oregon.
Shirley was an inspiration with her 'can-do' attitude as she obtained her nail technician license, became a certified ceramicist, as well as a qualified ceramic instructor all after her 60th birthday. Through her many relatively debilitating surgeries all over her body, she remained as active as she could while surpassing the recovery her doctors outlined for her. Her many cherished hobbies included jewelry making, glass jewelry making, sewing, cooking, crafts, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Praise Assembly in Monmouth, Oregon as well as the Independence Assembly of God in Independence, Oregon.
Shirley was survived by her husband of 36 years. The two of them were a living, beautifully-written love story, apparent to all who were graced by their presence. Shirley raised 3 children with Neil and was very influential in the lives of her husband's 4 children from a previous marriage. Shirley also leaves behind a legacy of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who very much loved their grandmother and will forever cherish the memory of her laugh, her smile, and her warm, freely-given hugs.
Viewing will be from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 22, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem. Services will follow at 2:00 PM at Praise Assembly 189 Monmouth Ave S in Monmouth.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Oct. 17, 2013