Shirley Braden


July 27, 1923 - January 11, 2013

DALLAS - Shirley Braden, of Dallas, Oregon died on January 11, 2013. She was born at Independence, Iowa to Albert and Helen Hopf. Shirley was a graduate of Winthrop, Iowa High School, Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa and had a Master's degree from the University of Maryland.

On October 20, 1944 she married Lt. John Braden, also a graduate of Winthrop High School and Iowa State University. They lived in California until he went overseas to serve with the U.S. Army Air Corp in the China, Burma, India campaign of WW II. They had one son, Rick Braden.

She taught Family and Consumer Science in Minnesota, Iowa and for 23 years in Annapolis, Maryland, where she was head of the six teacher Family and Consumer Science Department. During WW II, she was a research chemist with the Frigidaire Division of General Motors, making propellers for B-29 bombers. She had also been an assistant dietitian for the U.S. Army Air Corp at Wright-Patterson Air base in Dayton, Ohio.

Shirley was a lifelong church worker and member. As a member of Dallas United Methodist Church she belonged to United Methodist Women, a circle, prayer group, book club and sewing group. In Maryland she had been a Sunday school teacher, President of Women's Society a circle leader and the local organizer for a Lay Witness Mission.

When Rick was young she was a Den mother and cheered him on in his many sports activities. Camping was the Braden's family hobby, as well as boating on Chesapeake Bay. They were charter members of Chesapeake Crab Pickers camping club, members of the National Campers and Hikers Association and the Maryland Campers and Hikers Association of which Shirley was state treasurer for 2 years.

In addition to church, Scouting, and family activities Shirley was a 68 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and had held the office of Ruth. She was presently a member of Naomi Chapter in Dallas. She was a past member of Polk County Retired Educators (past President), Mistletoe Extension Study Group, Polk County Homemakers Extension Council Alumni, Dallas Seniors, and a former member of Dallas Women's Club.

Shirley enjoyed being a mom to Rick and in later years working, camping, and playing with her grandsons, Gus and Chuck, as they accomplished things in life and grew to adulthood. She was also glad to have 68 years of marriage with John, and for his wonderful support and help through her many years of health problems.

Shirley is survived by: husband, John; son, Rick and his wife, Jan; grandsons, Gus Braden and Chuck Braden and his wife, Sarah; sister, Alberta Gates; sister-in-law, Marjorie Braden; nieces Nancy, Darcy, Tracy, Susan and nephew David. She was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, George Gates and Paul Braden.

The Memorial Service will be at the Dallas United Methodist Church on Monday, January 28th at 1:30 pm. Memorial Contributions are suggested in her name to any charity or the Children's Program at United Methodist Church. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.

Funeral Home

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center
287 SW Washington St Dallas, OR 97338

Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 23, 2013