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Shirley Willard

WEBSTER – Shirley Willard, 90 of Webster and formerly of Waubay died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at her home in Webster. Her funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, May 18, 2015 at Ortley Free Lutheran Church in Ortley, Rev. Michael Peterson will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at Lakewood Cemetery, Waubay. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Monday. Shirley Adeline Lorenson was born on October 26, 1924 to Charles and Bolida (Johnson) Lorenson at Webster, South Dakota. The family lived near Butler and as a young child the family moved to a farm near Pickerel Lake. She was baptized and confirmed at Saron Lutheran Church near Roslyn. She attended country school and graduated from Waubay High School. After high school she attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen and received her teaching certificate and taught country schools in the area. On March 22, 1945 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Willard at Watertown, South Dakota. After their marriage the couple lived and farmed in several locations including north of Ortley, south of Waubay and near Enemy Swim Lake and in 1961 they moved to a farm south of Waubay. In 1968 they moved Seattle, Washington where she did house cleaning and worked at a daycare. They returned to Waubay in 1972 where she worked at Waubay School as a teacher’s aide until retirement in 1994. Shirley enjoyed working with the students and had great memories from those years. Lawrence passed away in 1996. After his death she continued to live in Waubay until 1999 when she moved to Webster. She was a member of Ortley Free Lutheran Church and was a member of the U.M.F. Lawrence and Shirley loved square dancing, attending many square dancing events in the area as well as Square Dance conventions in different states., they also enjoyed traveling around the U.S. with her sister’s and brothers-in-laws.. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and loved to read. Shirley had a green thumb for gardening and always had a beautiful garden. She also belonged to the Waubay Tuesday Club. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her two sons, Larry Willard of Waubay, SD and David Willard of Elbow Lake, MN; one daughter, Sandy (Eddie) Hinze of Waubay, SD; five grandchildren, Karla Hinze of Fargo, ND, Darrin (Jennifer) Hinze of Fargo, ND, Misti (Troy) Gilbertson of Waubay, SD; Daniel (Witney) Willard of Elbow Lake, MN and Megan Willard of Fargo, ND; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter-in-law, Judy, a grandson, Miles and 10 brothers and sisters.

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Dave and family, Heartfelt sympathy and warm condolences in the loss of your mother and grandmother. May the love of God enfold each of you as you begin your journey through grief. Peace, Prayer and Blessing. Kevin & Gayle Solum

gayle solum May 26 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Willard

gayle solum May 26 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She was a wonderful lady always willing to help. Our prayers are for the family. Bob & Toni Simonson

Toni Simonson May 18 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Larry, Sandy and family, I was so sorry to read of Sandy's passing. She was such a blessing to have known. I always enjoyed seeing her. She is now safe in Jesus's arms. May God send all of you His peace and comfort during this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ---Laurie LaMee

Laurie LaMee May 18 2015 12:00 AM

Love you all.

Desirae Snyder May 17 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Willard

Desirae Snyder May 17 2015 12:00 AM

We enjoyed her warm and cheerful presence at our Pleasantview services on Thursdays. She will be missed! Pastor Daniel Ostercamp, St. John's.

Daniel Ostercamp May 15 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Sandy and family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She lived a long active life and I know she loved her family so much. I am so happy you were near when she became ill. Believe me, it's hard to say goodby to your mom. They are always supposed to be there. We are thinking of you during this sad time. Take care and God's Blessings will be with you........Larry and Judy

Larry and Judy May 14 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Willard

Larry and Judy May 14 2015 12:00 AM