Shirley Arlene Rutherford Phipps
October 6, 1927 - August 11, 2016
Born October 6, 1927 in Whitehall, WI, she was the first of four children to Gordon and Dorothea Andrus, and was called home on August 11, 2016 in the arms of her daughter, grandson, and Kimberly, a very special niece. Her early years were spent at Jacobsen Mill in Coral City, WI, which her grandfather owned. At age six, her family relocated to Oregon, and she resided in Salem for most of her life. She was an usherette at Grand Theatre and Capitol Theatre in Salem as a teenager.
She began a family at the age of 20 and went on to have five children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She aspired only one thing in life… a family, for which she was best known for. Her love for family was most important in her life, and she leaves behind those who love her most: Kim, Dirk, Lola, Renee, Rory, Sandi, Sheryl, Robert, Derril, Megan, Samantha, Devon, Brandon, Brittany, Adam, Molly, Collin, Claire, Christian, Nicole, Caryn, Kylie, Lexi, Audrey, Ian, and her sisters Joy and Dolores, along with many nieces and nephews who adored her. She is reunited with her mother, father, brothers Roger, Jim, and Jerry, and great-grandson Jaren in Heaven.
She is remembered for her love of family and friends, her beautiful smile that lit up any room she entered, and her strength. She was a single mom raising children on her own, with no help, and helped her children raise their own. She will forever be missed and loved.
A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held October 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 4090 Commercial St. SE Salem.
Shirley’s favorite Scripture is 1st Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is love”.