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Shirley Jean McGowen

March 1, 1948 September 26, 2011
Shirley Jean McGowen
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Obituary for Shirley Jean McGowen

Shirley Jean Laidlaw McGowen born March 1, 1948 resident of Brandon Township and Winter Haven Florida, died peacefully September 26, 2011 at her home with her loving family surrounding her.
She was the daughter of Ronald Laidlaw and Amelia Helen (Shipp) Laidlaw.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years Charles LeRoy
McGowen Sr. Sons, Charles Jr. (Michele) of Kalamazoo, MI, Anthony (Arthur) of Sterling Heights, MI and Benjamin (Julie) of Holly, MI.

Preceding her in death are her brothers Jerry and Leonard and her sisters Nancy Hall and Mary Lou Thorington.

Survived by brother Ronald and sisters Carol Barrett, Helen Laidlaw, Flora Miesel, Susan Brown and Marilyn P’simer. Four grandchildren, Grant, Jerra, Joelle and Katherine, many nieces and nephews.

Shirley had a long and loving relationship with her husband of 45 years, Charles. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her busy family. Shirley spent her early years out of high school practicing hair dressing and her sisters tell stories of the beautiful “beehive” hairdos she used to do for them for the school pictures. As she had children she became more involved in school activities, becoming an enthusiastic participant in PTA, 4-H and as a Cub Scout Den leader. Her children greatly appreciated all of her efforts to be such an integral part of their young lives. Later, with her friends, she enjoyed a small business of cleaning houses in the area and she found great pleasure in her work. After retirement, she and Charles traveled, especially to their winter home in Winter Haven, Florida where she enjoyed decorating her home, sight seeing and visiting with her special friends Betty Roberts, Diane Gould, Amy Foley, Barbara Donnely and many others.

Shirley passes after a lengthy illness with cancer. She lost no battle with cancer, there was no fight, no battle. In the end, she won victory over death, she was a winner, she won her just rewards, eternal life. She accepted her illness with grace and dignity, she did what needed to be done on a day to day basis to maintain normalcy. For Shirley, there was always another day and that’s how she would want to be remembered.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 1 from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick St., Oxford, MI. Friends may visit Friday, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.


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