Shirley Eilefson passed away Friday, October 20, 2017, at the age of 92 in Tillamook, Oregon, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She went peacefully with family members by her side.
Shirley was born on December 23, 1924, to Lewis and Katherine Fick in Revere, Minnesota, on the family farm. While in high school, she learned to tap dance and was in drama productions. Her favorite was her role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. Shirley played the French horn and received a scholarship in music to attend university. Instead, she chose to marry and start a family.
She married Robert Eilefson of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in 1946. They had five children: Bronwynn (Michael) Ware of Portland, OR; Thaun Duncan of Umpqua, OR; Jahnalie (David) Crane of Umpqua, OR; Arthur Eilefson of Raymond, WA; and Joellyn (Greg) English of Rockaway Beach, OR.
Shirley and Robert moved to Oregon in 1952, and lived in Oceanside, Tillamook, Salem and Roseburg, before buying a 40 acre ranch in Umpqua in 1955, where they raised their five children.
Shirley was active in the community as a PTA president, member of the Ladies Aide Society, a volunteer at the Sutherlin Senior Center, and caring neighbor. She was a solo vocalist at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Later she joined St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where she was an active member and catechism teacher.
In addition to her parents and former husband, Robert Eilefson, Shirley was preceded in death by her ten brothers and sisters. She is survived by her five children; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gloria Hoehn of Minneapolis; and many nieces and nephews.
Shirley loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly, always wanting to know details about their lives. She will be remembered as a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend.
A Mass to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, November 11th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 323 N. Comstock Ave., Sutherlin. A reception will be followed by a private interment.