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Shirley M. Tank

September 17, 1932 - July 29, 2018

Shirley M. Tank, 85, was born September 17, 1932 in Ecorse, Michigan and died July 29, 2018 in Dallas, Oregon where she had lived for the past 5 years, at the Dallas Retirement Village.  While at the Dallas Retirement Village, she received excellent, loving care, made many friends and was loved by all who knew her.   

Shirley grew up in Escondido, California with her parents, Edgar and Ellen Sherill, moving to Oregon as a young girl and attending Cottage Grove High School until graduation. She met Richard Tank during high school and they were married June 17, 1955 in Walker, Oregon and had two children.   The family lived in Idaho for several years and moved to Salem, Oregon in 1974 where they resided with Shirley before eventually moving to Independence with her daughter and son in-law in 2006.
Shirley was a homemaker and child care provider in the home for many years and created her own sewing business which was very successful.  In 1989 she went to work outside the home at the Shangri-La corporation where she made a huge difference in many people’s lives.   Shirley was a beautiful, caring person who loved everyone she encountered, from animals to children, co-workers, those she cared for, in-laws not to mention family, friends and even acquaintances ~ she fully engaged in life and spent her time here as a very positive influence on everyone who had the honor of her company. 

Shirley endured significant challenges in her life and most compelling over the past several years were immense medical and health challenges, and with each obstacle placed in front of her, she overcame with grace.   Her medical team consisted of a phenomenal primary care physician, Neils Pedersen, M.D., as well as many specialists who each played an integral part in her ongoing medical care. 

Shirley loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her years as a Seamstress with her own business, being a homemaker, a child care provider, all dogs, music, gardening, baking, any social events and vacations and her faith.  Shirley had an extensive collection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia and was well known for her love of this classic character.
Shirley is survived by her sisters, Jean Robinson and Carrie Wallace; children, Katherin Pestrikoff (George) and Theodor Tank (Debbie); grandchildren, Justin Tank and Bailey Tank; great-grandchildren, Brady Tank, Madyson Tank and Tyler Ouderkirk as well as many nieces, nephews and beloved friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Ellen Sherrill and her husband Richard Tank as well as many dear friends. 

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held 2:00pm Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Dallas Retirement Village, 377 NW Jasper St Dallas Oregon 97338 in the chapel.  Following the service, there will be a continuing celebration with BBQ at the pavilion located on the grounds.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society .

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So blessed to have known this sweet lady. She was so strong and loving. She will be missed.

I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with Shirley! She had a smile that lit up the room, no matter what she was facing! May she fly in peace! 

it was honor and privledge too know your mom she was special women.

We will dearly miss Shirley and keep her soul and her family in our Prayers....Love John, Julie & Becky

My first Impression of her was , what a kind sweet sprit she glad I got to spend some time with her . I loved her stories of her family . God Bless her 

Kind sweet spirt , she will be missed