Shirley Yancey

Shirley Yancey


Our beloved Mother, Shirley Thornton Yancey, passed away at her home in Washington Utah on Wednesday evening, June 11, 2014.

Mom was born on April 8, 1921 in Parowan Utah. She was one of three daughters and three sons born to Merrill and Twila Thornton.

Her childhood was spent riding horses, traveling with her family through the western states each spring when her Dad sheared sheep, fishing trips to the Yankee Meadows, and working for her Aunt Neta at Taylor's Cafe.

A year after graduating from high school, she traveled to Seligman Arizona to visit an aunt and along the way had a chance encounter with a certain Greyhound Bus Agent in Boulder City by the name of Veldon E. Yancey. They were married on October 19, 1943, in San Francisco CA. Following Dad's Naval service, they returned to Las Vegas where their two daughters, Karla and Kim, were born. They made their home there for the next thirty three years. In 1978, Dad retired and they built a home in Washington, Utah.

Following Dad's death in 1992, Mom remained in their home and enjoyed spending time traveling with friends and family, working at the Temple, crocheting, quilting and baking hundreds of pies with her friends, The Pie Ladies, every July 4th and 24th.

She is survived by her two daughters, Karla (Peter) Burnes, Kim (Bary) Jones, five grandsons and their wives and twelve great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother Troy and his wife Roz, her youngest sister Annette (Connell(deceased)) Mitchell and many, many nieces and nephews whom she loved.

We will miss her independent nature and her indominatable spirit. She was one stubborn lady and we loved her for it. Our lives were blessed for having her in them.

Services will be held on Monday, June 16th at the Main Street Chapel in Washington UT

A viewing will be held at the Church at 10 AM and the Funeral will begin at 11 AM. Interment will take place in the Washington City Cemetery. Arrangements are made under the direction of Heideman Hughes Mortuary 435-674-5000.


Funeral Home

Hughes Mortuary
1037 East 700 South St. George, UT 84790

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on June 15, 2014