Shirley Douglas (April 11, 1940 - September 13, 2023)

In loving memory of
Shirley Douglas
  • April 11, 1940
  • -
  • September 13, 2023

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Obituary

On the morning of Wednesday, September 13, 2023, our beloved mother took Jesus’ hand and was escorted into Heaven. Mom was met by her beautiful granddaughter there, Sarah Gibson, who was saving her a place at the Lord’s table.

She was born to Harold and Marie Edson, April 11, 1940, in East Windsor, New York.

Shirley was an adoring companion to the love of her life, Bruce Robards Douglas, for 31 years.  They met and married in Denver in 1992.  She started her career as a secretary for Husky Oil and moved her way up to retire as the Supervisor over the Division Order Analyst group at Presidio Oil & Gas.

After several years, they relocated to Palm Coast, Florida, where they met so many good friends and neighbors.  They immensely enjoyed their membership of the local yacht club. Together, they participated in many ocean excursions and traveled the world.

Shirley leaves behind Bruce, three children Tammy Vigil (Ray), Steve Gibson (Judi) and Ginger Kartchner.  Altogether leaving fifteen grandchildren Michelle, Michael, Matthew, Megan, Mallory, Mitchell, Maclane (We intentionally named her grandchildren with the first letter “M” to drive Mom crazy ??).  She was proud to love six great grandchildren.  She also loved her many nieces and nephews.

She was also a loving stepmother to Sylvia Riley (Chris), April Douglas (Brian), Patrick Mulrooney, Deborah Bruner and Bruce’s grandchildren Gabe Riley, Eleanor Riley, Rebecca Cotrone, Natalie Cotrone, Brooke Cotrone, Julia Cotrone and Emmett Cotrone.

Bruce’s family recently wrote of Shirley, “Blended families can be complicated, but she opened her heart to welcome our family. So many cherished memories from family dinners, houseboat trips, adventures on the boats, in the RV and cabin.”  “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”

Bruce, thank you for taking such great care of our precious mother and showing her all the beautiful things that life has to offer.

Surviving siblings are Yvonne Posson and Harold “Hal” Edson (Joyce) who she loved very much.

On behalf of the family, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to John and Mary Slattery for their continued friendship with Mom and Bruce and for all their much-needed support given to us during our time of sorrow.

A memorial service for both Shirley and Bruce will be held in Port Byron, Illinois and a military funeral with honors for Bruce will take place at Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois, where both will be interred, Friday, June 21, 2024 at 2:00pm.


Service

Location:
Rock Island National Cemetery
Bldg 118, Rodman Ave, Rock Island, IL 61299

Date & Time:
June 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM


Cemetery:
Rock Island National Cemetery
Bldg 118, Rodman Ave, Rock Island, IL 61299


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  1. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    Palm Coast - 2022 - Just prior to moving to Cypress Village.
    Palm Coast - 2022 - Just prior to moving to Cypress Village.

  2. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    Bruce and Shirley
    Bruce and Shirley

  3. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023


  4. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    Florida - December 2022 - Bruce & Shirley
    Florida - December 2022 - Bruce & Shirley

  5. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    Florida - December 2022<br />
Bruce & Grandma Shirley with Grandson Maclane - Lunch at the beach
    Florida - December 2022
    Bruce & Grandma Shirley with Grandson Maclane - Lunch at the beach

  6. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    Florida - December 2022
    Florida - December 2022

  7. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    June 2023 - Illinois
    June 2023 - Illinois

  8. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    June 2023 - Illinois<br />
Grandma Shirley with her hero Megan, EMT Firefighter
    June 2023 - Illinois
    Grandma Shirley with her hero Megan, EMT Firefighter

  9. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    June 2023
    June 2023

  10. Tammy posted an image:
    03 Oct 2023
    June 2023 - In Illinois
    June 2023 - In Illinois

  11. Carolyn Calloway lit a candle:
    30 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 30, 2023 at 9:16:40 PM

  12. Shari Hildebrandt says:
    23 Sep 2023
    Rest in peace dear Shirley. You were a neighbor and friend for over twenty years.

  13. Lori Renee Maya lit a candle:
    21 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 21, 2023 at 9:46:50 AM

  14. Cass lit a candle:
    20 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 20, 2023 at 9:06:15 PM

  15. Deborah Bruner says:
    20 Sep 2023
    I miss you Shirley with a deep ache! You - a beautiful person inside and out! Such a joy seeing my Dad happy always. Bringing with you a kind and loving family. I still feel surprised I can’t call and talk about my faith.. our faith you were the one person I trusted that would understand. I am truly blessed to be a part of your family. Xo I love you forevermore.

  16. Deborah Bruner lit a candle:
    20 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 20, 2023 at 9:46:30 AM

  17. Sylvia Riley posted an image:
    19 Sep 2023
    Grandchildren
    Grandchildren

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    19 Sep 2023


  19. Ginger says:
    19 Sep 2023
    I miss you terribly Mom. I will remember you always with the dearest thoughts. You were not only my Mom but my rock. I always knew how much you loved me. You gave me unconditional love and support and for that I am eternally grateful. Rest in peace and don’t worry about me. You gave your strength and I will use it everyday. Words will never be enough to express how much you are loved and missed. Until we are together again…..

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