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Shirley Callies

January 21, 1935 - May 11, 2021


Shirley  CalliesShirley  CalliesShirley was born to Earl and Alvina Warner, on January 21, 1935 in Long Prairie, Minnesota, and passed away on May 11, 2021 in Salem, Oregon. She spent her younger years living on the family farm with her parents and younger brother, Roger. She attended a rural, one-room school house until the ninth grade when she went to high school in Long Prairie. Upon graduating from Long Prairie High, she attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. After Completing business school, she worked first in Seattle, Washington and then in San Diego, California as a civil servant for the US Army, the US Navy and the General Services Administration.  While in San Diego, Shirley met Lee Callies, a Navy seaplane pilot from Oregon. They were married in May 1966 and son, Christopher, was born in May 1967. Daughter, Julee, was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1969. Lee’s Navy career meant the family moved often, living on the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, the East Coast and in Naples, Italy.  While living in Italy, Shirley had the opportunity to visit many European countries, but her favorite trip was a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Upon Lee’s military retirement in 1983, the Callies family moved from Virginia to Salem, where Shirley worked another eight years for the US Army, retiring in 1994.  All throughout Lee’s military career Shirley was a strong, devoted Navy wife, always keeping the home fires burning and doing the jobs of both parents during his many, long deployments.

Shirley has been a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church for more than 37 years. In addition to attending daily Mass, Shirley was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Happy 39ers and visiting and taking communion to the elderly in private homes and care facilities.  Shirley’s favorite pass-time was playing bridge, which she played regularly since her Navy days. Shirley is most thankful for her Christianity, her loving family and the many wonderful friends she has made throughout her life.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lee Callies of Salem, Oregon; children, Christopher (Marama) Callies of Hillsboro, Julee (Joseph) Tupper of Camas, Washington; grandchildren, Elleott and Samuel Callies, Luke and Ashlee Tupper; and two step-grandaughters, Aundria and Jasmyn; brother Roger of Long Prairie; brother-in-law Larry (Susan) Callies of Klamath Falls; a niece and two nephews and their families of Minnesota. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister-in-law Janet Warner.

A Visitation for Shirley will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley will be Monday, May 24, 2021 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4227 Lone Oak Road SE, Salem, Oregon. Rosary at 9:30 am, followed by Mass at 10:00am. After Mass a reception will be held in the gathering area.

Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Life Committee at Queen of Peace Church. 

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We know that your heart is breaking from the loss of Shirley. Remember her smile, kind heart and love of her family. She had a strong love of God and God said "I gave you many years but now it is my turn". She is at Peace now and without pain.
       You are in our thoughts and prayers.