Shirley Steward passed away at 92 at the Alpine house in Joseph with her family by her side. We were fortunate to have our daughter-in-law there to give professional care along with the family care for mom the last couple days.
Shirley was born in Chelan, Washington to Edward England and Ella Maria (Eleanor) Greene.
She married Donel Steel Courtney (Jick) in Aug 10, 1946 and had two children Donel Roger Courtney and Diana Lynn Barney.
Shirley went on to be a school teacher, grade school and upper grades. She worked at Chemeketa College in job search. Counseling was her big thing. She counseled Shelter from the Storm victims and anyone else that crossed paths with her. She was always corresponding with prison inmates to give them the tools to better their lives. There are many people that she has kept in touch with through the years that she has continued to give guidance. When she would go out to lunch at a nearby restaurant she was always counseling. A waitress never stood a chance. When mom was done with them they were a happier person. She was always encouraging them. Even in the Alpine house and the hospital she was cheering people up. She was always positive in her conversations with anyone. The hospital staff knew her as the (lipstick lady) since she had to have her lipstick always. She touched many lives.
She met Vern Gorsline Steward at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital gift shop, where she was volunteering. Vern was visiting his ill sister and met Shirley in the gift shop, who proceeded to give him support for his sister. August 13, 1999 they married.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and son. She left behind her husband Vern, brothers Bob England (Charlie) and Vance England, Daughter Diana Barney (Bob) of Lostine, Donel Rogers wife Neelima, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at the LDS church in Enterprise across from the airport on May 25 at 10 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.