Shirley Ann (Kent) Blair
Shirley of Glenwood Springs Co., passed quietly at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale Co., with her husband Michael at her side, accompanied by son Jason of New York City, NY and daughter Janet of Gypsum.
Shirley had been suffering the past three weeks from difficulties with pneumonia. She was born in Lawrence, Kansas to parents Gene and Ethel (Patterson) Kent.
She grew up in Lawrence with older sister Donna Jean (Harden), who preceded her in death. They were raised mostly by their grandmother Hattie Kent while their parents were away making a survival living during the Great Depression, and then during the WWII years; Shirley stayed on and later cared for her grandmother.
After graduation from LMHS in 1953 Shirley became secretary to the Principal at the new High School. In December, 1954 she married her sweetheart , Michael Blair at the Chapel on the KU campus in Lawrence. With the marriage she became an Air Force wife and spent three enjoyable years stationed with husband Mike in the Panama Canal Zone. Following military service, she supported Mike through college at Long Beach and Fresno, California and Boulder Colorado. Three children: Jeffrey (Blair, NE) Janet & Jason were produced along the way. Shirley was very interested in her children and participated in many of their activities including Sunday schools, school activities and Cub Scouts, as a leader. Mikes work in city planning and land development took the family to Western Oregon and Boulder, Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Shirley put herself through Colorado Mtn. College to earn an Associates Degree in Creative Writing and Early Childhood Education, after which she wrote children’s stories and taught special classes. Shirley was very fond of spiritual writing and discussions with many friends, especially in the Methodist Churches, in Eagle and Glenwood Springs; she especially treasured her experiences with the United Methodist Women groups.
Besides her husband and three children, Shirley leaves grandchildren Jennifer Blair, Kandice (Blair) (Rob) Rasmussen, Jeana Blair, Klayton Blair of Blair Nebraska; Dalton Hebert Blair of Denver, and seven great grand children; sisters Diane (Clint) Potter of Topeka, and Sherri (Steve) Stich of Levenworth, Kansas.
Shirley went happily to her new home of joy and serenity to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and her many friends and family. A Celebration of her sweet, caring and generous Spirit will take place in the near future in Glenwood Springs.
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