Shirley E. Dean, 91, of North Platte passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Cozad Care and Rehabilitation Center. Shirley was born on June 27, 1926 in North Platte to Harry and Ethel (Liljegren) Weakly.
Shirley grew up in North Platte, graduating from North Platte High School in 1943. She attended the School of Commerce in North Platte.
On Dec. 12, 1944 she married Glenn L. Dean in Fresno, Calif. where Glenn was stationed in the Army Air Corps.
The couple settled in North Platte where Shirley worked at O’Conner’s, Wilson Construction, Schwesers, and the Pawnee Hotel as a bookkeeper.
Shirley crafted and sold candles in her store Nebraska Prairie Lites in the 1970’s, was very active in the community and started a youth activities program. She was also active in the Historical Society, the Jeffers Museum, Fort McPherson Days parade and pageant, and the First Christian Church Youth Ministries.
She began a jail ministry in North Platte and volunteered in jails and prisons in Colorado. She also volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Aglow.
She played piano at the nursing homes, and helped at the grade schools by helping children with their reading.
Survivors include her children, William and Jack (Diann), both of Fort Collins, Colo. and Patricia (Frank) Evans of Smithton, Ill.; sister, Bonnie Hueftle of Eustis; grandchildren, Jeremiah (Karin) Dean, Joshua (Jenny) Dean, Aaron (Stephanie) Dean, Andrew (Betsy) Dean, Samuel (Sharon) Dean, James Evans, Stephen (Michelle) Evans, and John (Kimberly Evans; great-grandchildren, Isacc, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Caleb, Emily, Thomas, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Tristen, Jaxon, Ronan, and Bri; and great-great-grandchildren, Layla Rose, and Marley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; sons, Stephen and Jerry; brothers, Ward and Edward; and sister, Donna.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. Chaplain Gary Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at the North Platte Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Women’s Resource Center and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.