March 3, 1924 – Feb. 6, 2012
Shirley Oliver was born Myrtle Don Brown in Holland, Texas on March 3, 1924, to Leonard and Josephine Brown.
Shirley was educated as a nurse’s aid during World War II in Houston. In 1944, she married Joe Harris, which ended in divorce. Shirley came to Greybull, Wyo., in 1960. In 1961 she married the love of her life, Leland Oliver. They were married 35 wonderful years until he passed away in 1996.
Shirley worked as a cook at the Greybull/Basin Head Start for over 20 years. She found the children and cooking very rewarding. The kids called her “Cook Shirley” (which she loved) even years after they had grown up. “Cook Shirley” finally hung her apron up in 1997 at the age of 73.
She remained in Greybull until 2005, when she moved to Casper, Wyo., to be close to family. In 2009, Shirley moved to Sheridan, Wyo., where she lived her final years trying to help others and touching the hearts of everyone she came in contact with.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leland, her parents Leonard and Josephine, daughter Linda, a son Ronald, four sisters Minnie, Martha, Isabelle, and Rosie, two brothers Wesley and Leonard, two grandsons Josh and Bryant and one granddaughter, Toni.
Shirley is survived by five daughters and their husbands, Brenda and Dan, Judy and Doug, Rita and Steven, Carol and Shirley Jo; two sons Mike and Jeff; her long lost nephew David and his wife Joan, 25 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Shirley Oliver will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull during graveside services this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Greybull/Basin Head Start.