Peterson Funeral Chapel

            Shirley June (Spellman) Stirewalt (96), of Mt. Vernon went to her heavenly home December 13, 2018. Shirley was born June 4, 1922 to Jesse and Anna (Dumbroski) Spellman in Stanton NE. She married S. Robert Stirewalt on June 23, 1940 and to this union they were blessed with four children. Bob proceeded her in death October 16, 1978. Shirley married Leslie Eden June 1990. He proceeded her in death January 8, 2004. Her parents, two sisters and three brothers also proceeded her in death.
            Shirley worked as a homemaker, baby sitter, dietary aide, in-home caregiver and Avon representative but she was most proud of helping children learn to read at Jenkins School and later, Lowell Elementary, through the Foster Grandparent Program. She enriched children’s lives through this program for 18 years.
Shirley’s faith was very important to her. She was a member of Summit Baptist Church for many years. Shirley enjoyed many activities including telling stories, singing and making music, and visiting with family and friends.
            Shirley is survived by her four children Jeanne (Melvin) Myers of Stotts City, Kenny (Sharon) Stirewalt of Nixa, Randy (Phyllis) Stirewalt of Eldoret Kenya, and Nancy (Leon) Gould of Mt Vernon; 13 grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren, her two beloved cats Pepper and Bo, and a host of other family and friends.
            Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 19 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel.  Burial was in Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery.