Shirley Joyce Brumbaugh, of South Haven, died on October 1, 2019, at the age of 88. Shirley was born December 23, 1930, to Harvey and Beatrice (Lawton) Brown in Jackson, Michigan. She was the oldest of 5 children and is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gary Brown and Norman Brown, sister Carol Brown Copeland, and grandson Timothy Bachman. Her brother, Neil Brown survives her.
She graduated from Grass Lake High School where she was elected vice president of her senior class, then attended Hillsdale College. In 1950, Shirley married her high school sweetheart, Virgil Brumbaugh and was married for 58 years until Virgil's death in 2008. They were the parents of 6 children, all of whom survive her: Ross Brumbaugh, Mark (Esther) Brumbaugh, Jana Bachman, Brian Brumbaugh, Peggy Brumbaugh, and Rick Brumbaugh. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Shirley enjoyed being active. She walked several miles a day, gardened, cross country skied, and bicycled. She enjoyed camping, canoeing, and fishing with her husband. They often hosted cookouts and bonfire parties for family and friends. She was an avid birdwatcher and could identify just about any bird she saw on sight and many by their songs. She was a voracious reader and loved history, biographies, poetry, suspense, and all manner of classic literature. She was accomplished in sewing, knitting, embroidery, sketching, photography, and other crafts, and achieved a high standard of excellence in all she endeavored to try. Her day wasn't complete without a New York Times crossword puzzle. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing.
In the last years of her life, Shirley bravely endured the destructive ravages of Alzheimer's disease and is now blessedly whole and at peace with her creator.
The family offers heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful caregivers at the Meadows of Owosso for their love and support during Shirley's final months with us.
Graveside services will take place Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven, Michigan. A luncheon will follow at St. Basil Catholic Church. Shirley will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Great Michigan Chapter at 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.
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