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Shirley F. Sorensen passed away, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on March 7, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Jack) Sorensen VII and her son, John Sorensen VIII. Shirley was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on April 7, 1933 to Berwin E. Fuller and Helen E. Fuller. Graduating from Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, New Hampshire, Shirley moved to Winter Park with her parents in 1952. Upon arriving, she got a job as Dr. Hugh McKean's secretary at Rollins College and then went on to work for the law office of Ed Gurney, State Senator. She married Jack Sorensen, a successful builder and developer in 1954. In the early 1960's, she got her real estate license and started Sorensen & Fletcher Realty where she made many friends while finding them the homes of their dreams. She was also associated with Watson Realty in Winter Park towards the end of her career. She would always say "there is always a home to show, no matter rain nor shine!".However, her true love was always her family. Shirley loved to travel, collect antiques and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed being actively involved in their schools and events. She was the President of the P.T.A. at Lakemont Elementary for several years and was involved in the National P.T.A. Conventions. She also was on the Board of the local YMCA. Her favorite times though were spent at the beach or the mountains with the kids. She always said "the more the merrier"!
Shirley always had a pep in her step as she whistled wherever she went. She will be missed greatly by all whose lives she touched.
Shirley is survived by her daughter's, Janet S. Lam (John), Nashville, Tn., Marnie S. Rutters (Rob), Winter Park, Fl., and Louise S. Mills (John), Atlanta, Ga.; 6 Grandchildren, Meredith M. Johnson, Katie J. Clancy (Matt), Annabelle Rutters, Erin Sorensen, John Sorensen IX, Travis Rutters and 1 Great Grandson, Grayson C. Clancy.There will be a Celebration of Shirley's Life on April 7th, 2014 from 1-3 pm at the Winter Park Country Club, 761 Old England Avenue, Winter Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Comforter and The Alzheimer's Association.
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