Shirley Sinclair (1937 - 2015)

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Shirley Ann Sinclair
June 10, 1937 - July 12, 2015
Shirley Ann Sinclair, 78 passed away Sunday July 12th surrounded by her husband, daughters and a few dear friends. Shirley's battle with cancer was faced with her usual dignity and bolstered by her family and many close friends.
Mom was born to Dean and Betty Tennant on June 10th 1937 in Eugene Oregon. Being an only child she enjoyed a childhood where she was closely watched over. She spent time with her cousins who were also her best friends, Bodi and Judy. Together they would sing songs in harmony, pick crops from the field in the summer time for extra money and sneak away to smoke a cigarette whenever they could. Being closely watched warranted expert sneaking which they perfected.
Mom would marry George Sinclair on August 4th 1962 and together they would spend the next 53 years. They first met in a bar and as they danced they told each other their names. After learning their names Mom declared "By George I think I got it" which begged for a witty reply from Dad of "I'll Shirley remember that!
Mom had many jobs over her lifetime, many of them she got to help support the family. She worked for Dr. & Mrs. McGrath and they soon became friends. She worked at the Head Start School, Pamida and Gibson's. But she was most proud of her work at Sterling Codifiers and loved the strong, wonderful women she worked with, some of whom remain friends today. Times were often tough but Mom always had a delicious meal on the table even when we kids thought the cupboards looked bare. Mom fed many people and always made everything with love and by scratch. Her cinnamon rolls and fresh homemade bread topped the list of most requested. She always made our birthdays special by cooking our favorite meal and baking the cake of our choice. Mom had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. She could raise her eyebrow and silence a room in seconds. We all knew we'd better stop the shenanigans once she gave us that look. Mom could also throw a wicked middle finger if a bad driver warranted that response! Her naughty irreverence shocked us and we would snicker with delight. She always made life fun and thoroughly loved her kids.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Dean & Betty Tennant, & her favorite son, Thomas Dean Sinclair. Mom is survived by her daughters & their families. Betty & Pete Thomas of Kuna, their kids Melissa & Jake of Boise, Levi & Tara of North Dakota, Jason of Nampa & Cindy & Mike of Nampa. Dorla Ewing Stoneman of Nampa, her kids Lance & Renee of Las Vegas, Ashleigh & Corey of Caldwell and Bree of Boise. Wendy Pockert of Weiser and her son Devon & Breann of Payette. Mom has 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren with one baby girl on the way & due in September.
We want to thank Encompass Hospice for their loving care of Mom and their continued support of all of us. This would have been a harder road to travel without them. We also want to thank Wendy for being Mom's care giver. She was there for every moment, the good the bad & the heart wrenching. She put her life on hold & told us all the time she was blessed to be there for Mom. This, the hardest part of life that we face, would have been so much harder without her there.
We also want to thank the family and friends who called, sent cards, e mailed, showed up at Dr appointments & came and sat with us. We appreciated your stories, the snacks, o.k. we appreciated the donuts. You held our hands and our hearts. A special thank you to Vila and Jack for their constant support. Please feel free to share a memory with us if you have one.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 16, 2015