Shirley Jean Gilfry |

Shirley Jean Gilfry

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Shirley Jean Gilfry passed away on Jan. 30, 2011 at St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction with her children by her side. She was 82.

Shirley Jean Vancil was born on Dec. 22, 1928 in Snyder. She was the youngest of nine children born to Ephraim and Ethel Vancil.

Her first job out of high school was as a telephone operator in Fort Morgan. She married Duane Gilfry on Sept. 20, 1947. They lived in Snyder until they moved to Carbondale in March of 1955. They lived and worked on the Crystal River Ranch where Duane was the ranch foreman. When they retired in 1999, they moved to Battlement Mesa.

Shirley most recently resided at Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle. She made many good friends there and especially loved all of the musical entertainment. The wonderful people at Crossroads always marveled at how she knew all the words to the songs as she sang along.

Shirley was active in the Sunday School program at the Carbondale Methodist Church, sang in the choir and contributed to the church bazaars. She loved to bowl and was on bowling leagues with her friend Micki for many years. She enjoyed playing card games and board games. Shirley was an avid, loyal Bronco fan, and she watched the Rockies and the Nuggets whenever she could.

She was a loving, dedicated housewife who raised three children and later helped raise two grandchildren. She would often say “God loves you and so do I.” She will always be so very missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband Duane; her parents Ephraim and Ethel Vancil; sisters Merle and Alice; brothers Vernon, John, and Stanley.

Shirley is survived by her children Mike, Becky and Clint; her grandsons, Jason (Lisa) McGraw and Justin (Cate) McGraw; her brother Gene (Irene); sisters Ruby and Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews.

The memorial service for Shirley will be at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, 385 S. 2nd Street, Carbondale, Colorado on Friday Feb. 4th at 11 a.m.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to Crossroads Assisted Living for their Resident’s Activities fund: Director, Crossroads Assisted Living, 375 W. 24th Street, Rifle, Colorado 81650.

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