On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Shirley Arlene Mariman died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 86 years old.
Shirley Arlene Ross was born on January 19, 1935, in Toledo, Oregon to Alta Mae (Savage) and James Arrid Ross. She met Frank Mariman in Toledo, fell in love, and married on June 2, 1951. Together they had ten children and were happily married for 62 years.
Wherever Shirley lives, she planted flowers, made friends, and enjoyed the outdoors. She had a positive effect on the places she lived and the people who lived there.
Shirley's favorite home overlooked the breathtaking Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska. She and Frank loved fishing for salmon and halibut, sending much of what they caught to their friends and family. The couple was a fixture in the area and taught many tourists and locals how to catch the wily fish.
She loved children, especially babies. Her grandchildren brought her immense joy and she developed close relationships with those fortunate enough to spend time with her. Shirley was thrilled to hear about the activities and interests of the ones who lived farther away.
Shirley was active in the Ladies Guild at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and enjoyed her friendships with the other ladies there.
After Frank passed, Shirley moved to McMinnville, Oregon. Shirley lived her final years independently, enjoying visits from her children and grandchildren and tending to her home and beautiful flowers.
A funeral mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville on Thursday, August 5, at 2 PM.
She will forever be in the hearts of her family. To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com
Published by Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 6, 2021.