Shirley Jean Weimer of Independence, Kansas passed away at the age of 83 in Coffeyville, Kansas at CRMC with her family by her side.
Shirley was born on April 9, 1940, in Livingston, Montana to Harvey Alfred and Violet Mae Dean. Her parents moved the family to Neodesha when she was just four years old. She attended grade school in Neodesha and graduated from Neodesha High School.
At the age of 19, she met a special young man, Larry Weimer. After just three weeks of courtship, they knew they had found their life partner. They were married on April 18, 1959. They made their home in Independence and were blessed with two children. They had just celebrated 64 years of marriage this year.
Shirley will always be remembered for her love, and how she cared for her family. If she had a fault, it was loving and caring too much. She was a caretaker for everyone she loved. She loved her husband and cherished him. She cherished their marriage and always put his needs, their children’s needs and their grandchildren’s needs before her own. She was a wonderful wife, mom, grandma, great grandma and friend. Shirley was a wonderful cook and homemaker, in addition to working a full-time job at ACC for over 40 years before retiring. Everyone that entered their home was always welcome to share in conversation, to share in a meal and always received lots of love. If Shirley were here today, she would confirm that her favorite place to be was on the porch with her family, sharing in conversation and a good meal together. Her family says her cooking was far better than any restaurant! Shirley always made sure there was plenty of food and always made her plate after everyone else, never wanting there to not be enough.
After retiring from ACC, she and Larry bought a motorhome to spend time as a family at one of their favorite places, the lake. Together, the family enjoyed many weekends and made countless memories while camping and boating throughout the years.
Shirley’s family already dearly misses her encouragement and the comfort that she always provided by simply embracing their hand and telling them “Have faith in the Lord and it will all be okay.” Those who will hold her love close to their hearts is husband Larry Weimer, 83, of the home; her son Jeff Weimer and his wife Jonna; daughter Terry Beurskens; grandchildren, Jennifer Everitt (Jared), Shannon Hallauer, Ryan Beurskens (Stephanie), Emery Peyton (Melissa); great grandchildren Layne and Lexie Beurskens, Carter, Hadley, Brinley and baby girl Everitt (due in Oct.), Camden Weimer, Lakota and Blaine Peyton; brother Harvey Dean Jr. (Carol); sisters Wanda Stansbury and Mary Jones. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donnie Dean, sister Leila McCormick and infant twin siblings.
Cremation will take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville, Kansas. A Celebration of Life will be held as a private family service. For those who wish to leave a memorial contribution in Shirley’s memory can do so by making them made payable to the American Cancer Society and left in care of the chapel. Visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com to leave a message of condolence, share a memory.