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Shirley Ann Van Orman

December 18, 1941 - June 4, 2021


Shirley Ann Van OrmanShirley Ann (Moffett/Spearin) Van Orman passed away June 4, 2021 at her home in Salem, Oregon surrounded by her husband of 58 years and two daughters, Rebecca Lynn Masi of Portland and Sarah Ann Van Orman of Los Angeles. 
 
Shirley was born December 18, 1941, in Yreka, California to Helen Elizabeth Spearin and Ray Anthony Moffett.  She was the proud fifth generation descendent of the first settlers along the middle Klamath River and in her home town of Hornbrook, California.  She graduated from Hornbrook Elementary School (1956) and Yreka High School (1960). She studied at Southern Oregon College, the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree (1987) from Marylhurst University where she studied fiber and liturgical art. 
 
She married Richard L. Van Orman at the Hornbrook Community Methodist Church on September 15, 1963, and they had two wonderful daughters.
 
Fiber Arts was her calling and she was known for designing and making church vestments often taking six to eighteen months to complete and was a member of LARC (Liturgical Arts Resource Center) for 16 years. Shirley was a lifelong volunteer for her community; 4H (county and state), in-school art programs, blood drives, neighborhood watch coordinator for 24 consecutive years and many more.  For twenty plus years, she particularly loved working with the children's art camps at St. Paul's Episcopal Church as well as maintaining costumes for adult and children's performances at her parish. 
 
She is survived by her husband and two daughters, grandsons, Charles Fisher, Tillamook; Aaron Fisher, St. Helens; granddaughter Varnique Smith-Wang, Los Angeles; and four great-grandchildren Keegan; Jesse JoAnn; Elijah and Henry. 
 
Services: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1:00 p.m. Saturday June 12th.  Interment at a later date to be announced at the Henley-Hornbrook Cemetery, Hornbrook, California.
 
In Lieu of flowers or if you wish to make a donation in honor of Shirley, we would like to suggest: Art and Architecture Commission, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty St. SE Salem, OR 97302. www.stpaulsoregon.org

 

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I miss you so much mom. You are always in my heart.