Shirley Killion, 80, passed away Dec. 10, 2009, at Pine Ridge Extended Care Facility, in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Shirley had a goodly number of jobs, amongst which were working at Hines Hospital in Chicago as a ward secretary for the para- and quadriplegic veterans from WW II in 1945-49; very traumatic stuff according to her. Then, she worked for three Jewish doctors who owned about 10 nursing homes in the Chicago area. They were, I understand, sticklers for detail. I never did understand what she did, some administrative function, I guess. Then she started having children which was detrimental to any work-related aspirations. After she disposed of the kids, she returned to the workforce, which, according to her, was kind of dull until she hooked up with Allied Van Lines. This was an exciting and challenging activity more suited to her style. She was then talked into a stint as a Coloradan and its attendant tribulations. Her jobs here were varied and a trifle unimaginative until she got the job with Eaton. Then Fairfield took over. After some years, her decision to escape back to Chicago where the shopping malls, plentiful and convenient, beckoned. She then got a serious cancer, which she conquered in 1982 at which time she came back to Colorado and lived happily ever after, until a stroke. About six months ago, she was relegated to Pine Ridge nursing home until her passing. I knew it was serious ‘cuz she was no longer able to holler at me. She had in her possession a funny, pert, vivacious personality that won’t be forgotten by anyone who knew her for a long, long time.
Shirley is survived by her mate, Kurt Killion; sons Cliff, Brad and Wes; Jean and Ron Hrubecky; sister Rachel; daughters-in-law Michell, Boni and Carmen; and granddaughter Lisa; Ann and Bruce McConachie, in-law Clarence and Marissa; and great-grandkids.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Senior Center.