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Shirley Mae Shelby


 Shirley Mae Shelby, 88, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.  She was a resident of Grand Coulee from 1967 to 2013, but resided for the last three years, close to her daughter, at Grandview Village, a retirement community in Marysville,Washington. 

Shirley was born May 20, 1928, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to William D. Watson and Margaret Hunting. She was the "baby" of the family, with two older brothers and four older sisters. She graduated from high school in Council, Idaho, and in 1945, two days after turning 17, in Weiser, Idaho, she married a handsome sailor, Clifford Shelby.  Their marriage endured 53 years. "Shirley Mae," as she was known by her friends, was kind-hearted and loved her friends and family dearly.  She kept her mind sharp by doing word search books and solving the Jumble in the newspaper.

For many years in Grand Coulee she participated in pool and bowling leagues, and was a member of the Eagles, the Moose, the Coulee Medical Center Guild, and the Senior Center.  An avid sports fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Huskies, she also loved playing bingo, spending time with friends at Flo's (one more roll for six, five, four!), taking her grandkids to Spring Canyon, reading, and contemplating life at Crown Point.

Since 2006, Shirley Mae took numerous trips with her daughter – scenic and for family visits and reunions. Two weeks in Heidelberg, Germany, to visit her eldest son in the Army, and one week each in Yellowstone National Park, Colonial Williamsburg, and Washington, D.C., were among her favorites. 

Shirley Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, in 1998.

She is survived by children: David (Alice) in Billings, Missouri; Susan (Daniel) in Marysville, Washington; and Jeffrey in Electric City, Washington; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She will be deeply missed by family who loved her, and by friends and old-timers in Grand Coulee.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Memorials may be made in Shirley Mae's name to the Grand Coulee Senior Center, 203 Main Street. Any donations would be welcomed and appreciated by her family.

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