Shirley Krouse Obituary (1934 – 2021) – Salt Lake City, UT
Shirley Ann Krouse
October 13, 1934 to November 28, 2021
Millcreek, UT — On Sunday, November 28th, after a brief battle with metastatic breast cancer, the earth opened its loving arms and gracefully accepted the spirit of Shirley Krouse.
Shirley was born on October 13, 1934 in Pittsfield, MA, the daughter of Fred and Elaine Krouse and grew up with their three younger sisters Joan, Bernadette and Freda near the western border of Massachusetts in Richmond on. As a young adult and mother, she and her children moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where it became their home for the remainder of their long and well-lived lives.
Shirley was a beautiful, strong and independent woman who showed herself with a uniquely warm and elegant grace, qualities that were reflected in her beautiful handwriting and calligraphy. She showed selfless kindness to everyone she touched, and benefited both family and community at every opportunity. While accounting was her career, her decades as the Avon Representative were her calling, her door to numerous lifelong friendships. She was a selfless volunteer with many years of service in the second-league thrift store, elementary school teacher, and polling officer.
From her deep humanistic compassion, Shirley drew more than her share of the injustices of life with stoic acceptance and helped many others overcome their challenges as friend, mother and matriarch. When her youngest daughter settled near her home, Shirley became an integral part of her family as a devoted nana, educator, and mentor to her grandchildren. It was important to her to warmly welcome everyone, especially the extended families of her descendants.
Her family will be forever grateful that all of her children, grandchildren and 3-year-old great-granddaughter, gathered around her in October to celebrate her 87th birthday. It was a gift to see Shirley while she was still her familiar calm, bright, and loving self, and to express our deep appreciation for all the lessons she taught us, for the hours we cooked together of meals, playing carrom and puns. or share their greatest love, gardening. Shirley could even make a dead stick turn green and bloom, and she always made her gardens look like Gardens of Eden. She was also an equally talented seamstress, which she proved in many creative Halloween and stage costumes that she would help design and manufacture her children and grandchildren as they grew up.
Shirley walked peacefully by her side with her daughters holding her hands. She will be in our hearts forever. We were very fortunate to have spent so many years with her and we can’t help but long for more. None of us are ever ready to say goodbye to our loved ones …
She is survived by her sisters Bernadette and Freda; their children Aaron, Michelle, and Rachel; her grandsons Adrianne, Elaine, Joshua and Onyx (aka Dylan); and her great-granddaughter Aria. Her parents, her lover Sterling Vernon, her second husband Gene Walthall, her sister Joan and her daughter Roxanne preceded her in death.
If you would like to help us honor Shirley’s life, donations of condolence and memorial can be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute (https://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/), Partners In Health (PIH.org), NARAL, or one of the similar humanitarian secular charity.
An open door commemoration is being held at 1908 Bosham Lane, Salt Lake City, 84106.
Sunday, December 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Life is bittersweet – joy only increases pain and vice versa.” – John Prine
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune December 5-12, 2021.