Jan. 30, 1937 – Feb. 5, 2014
A graveside service for Shirley Ann Nelson of Englewood, Colo., will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. Shirley, 77, died Feb. 5 at the Littleton Adventist Hospital of lung cancer.
She was born Jan. 30, 1937, in Norway, Kan., the second child of Julius Benjamin and Stella M. Pense Nelson. After a short stay in Kansas, her parents returned to the Big Horn Basin to farm where she grew up. She attended school in Manderson and Basin, and finished her education at Greybull High School where she excelled in reading, music, typing and shorthand. She was president of the National Honor Society her senior year. She participated in band, choir, saxophone sextet and was on the staff of the Paintbrush.
She earned her degree in secretarial science from the University of Wyoming in 1960. She worked for Husky Oil Company in Cody before joining Sen. Milward Simpson’s staff in Washington, D.C., for many years.
Her remaining working days were spent as a secretary, bookkeeper and financial accountant in Denver. She was a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Shirley was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She sang in the choir, served as librarian, and as a temple worker through 2013.
Shirley never married but was a large part of her extended family.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Stella Nelson and one brother, Lyle.
She is survived by five siblings: Julius Loren Nelson, Carolyn Nelson Bosch, Linda Nelson Schneider, Marvin Nelson and Debera Weiner.