Shirley Don Oliver

March 3, 1924 – Feb. 6, 2012

Graveside services for longtime Greybull resident Shirley Oliver will be held this summer at Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Leland. Shirley, 87, died Feb. 6 in Sheridan.

Shirley, born Myrtle Don Brown, was born March 3, 1924 in Holland, Texas, the daughter of Leonard and Josephine Brown. She received her training as a nurse’s aide in Houston during World War II.

She married Joe Harris in 1944. The couple later divorced. Shirley moved to Greybull in 1960. She married Leland Oliver in 1961.

Shirley worked as a cook at the Greybull-Basin Head Start for over 20 years and found the children and cooking very rewarding. The kids called her “Cook Shirley,” which she loved. “Cook Shirley” finally retired in 1997 at the age of 73. She remained in Greybull until 2005 when she moved to Casper to be close to her family.

In 2009, Shirley moved to Sheridan where she tried to help others and touched the hearts of all she came in contact with.

Her parents Leonard and Josephine, her husband Leland in 1996, a daughter, Linda, son Ronald, four sisters, Minnie, Martha, Isabelle and Rosie, two brothers, Wesley and Leonard, two grandsons, Josh and Bryant, and granddaughter, Toni, preceded her in death.

She is survived by five daughters and their spouses, Brenda and Dan, Judy and Doug, Rita and Steven, Carol and Shirley Jo; two sons, Mike and Jeff; 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations in Shirley’s memory can be sent to the Greybull-Basin Head Start.

 

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