Shirley Ann Edgington was born on April 2, 1941 in Chariton, Iowa to Earl Benton Smith and Betha Marie (Wright) Smith. Shirley passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Chariton Specialty Care Center located in Chariton, Iowa at the age of 76 years.
Shirley Edgington was a great lady. She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great grandchildren, giving them love and hugs. She treasured the collection of pictures of her family members. Shirley and Ralph started their life together in Chariton. In later years, they had built a new home out on the farm, where Shirley loved to go out into the timber and cut wood. Shirley did a lot of canning and made her amazing homemade apple butter in which her grandkids still brag about today.
Shirley would help Ralph around the farm doing the chores. Sometimes, she was a bit unsure of herself, but helped him anyway. Gerald, her oldest grandson, enjoyed the times spent on the farm with them. She cherished her time helping raise her grandson, Christopher. She had tons of fun stories to tell about her adventures with Christopher. One time, she and Christopher was rocking in a rocking chair and the chair ended up tipping over. She would always ask him if he remembered the rocking chair incident. Another great memory, was when she went on a motorcycle ride with her son-in-law, Terry. She decided to take the ride with curlers still in her hair. Unfortunately, only a few curlers made it back home with her after the ride. Shirley enjoyed going snowmobiling with her friends and took great pleasure in her family vacations.
During the summer months, Shirley, absolutely loved going to the Iowa State Fair and camping. Eventually, Ralph and Shirley moved from their farm to a small acreage to be closer to town, which lead them back to Chariton. Shirley and her daughter, Cindy delighted in their shopping trips and searching out treasured bargains. Shirley was dedicated in her quest for bargains as she relished hitting all the rummage sales. She was always up for a good deal and loved shopping with family to see what they could find. She adored going out in the yard to watch the great grandkids having their Easter egg hunt. Shirley had a beloved dog named Sammy. Sammy was near and dear to her heart. She thought of him as an adopted four-legged a child and oh boy, was she spoiled rotten. Up until Sammy’s last days, Shirley would feed her a hotdog each day, which made for an extremely happy dog. Shirley loved having company over to the house and she especially would love if you showed up with a shake or turnover to be given to her. There were so many magnificent aspects of Shirley’s endearing personality, that makes it difficult to just pick a few. She will be greatly missed for everything she was to all of us, although the memories left with us, will forever be dearly cherished.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Betha Smith; her sister, Barbara Irene Smith; her brothers, Earl Benton, Jr., Delbert Lee, Ronald Charles, and Lester Dean Smith. She is survived by her husband, Ralph of Chariton, Iowa; her daughters, Cindy (Terry) Gall of Chariton, Iowa and Tammy ( Tony) Dahms of Dixson, Iowa; her grand-children, Gerald (Vena) Gall, April (James) Green, T.J. (Maggie) Gall and Christopher (Kelsey) Dahms; her great grand-children, Nathan, Tate, Ashlynn, Payton, Scarlette, Cale, and Emerson; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.