Shirley's Story

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Shirley A. Williams, age 88, passed away Thursday, July 6, at the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, in the care of the wonderful staff of Peabody's Memory Support Unit.
Shirley was born July 7, 1928, in Goshen, to H. Donald and Jeannette (Kostanzer) Crisler. Shirley grew up in her family home on Spencer Avenue in Marion. She attended DePauw University in Greencastle, where she was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduating, Shirley worked for American Airlines as a flight attendant based out of Dallas, Texas, and then as the teen program director for the Marion YWCA.
Shirley married Malcolm J. Williams March 9, 1952. Malcolm and Shirley lived in Swayzee. They were active members of Meshingomesia Country Club in Marion.
Frequent visitors of Lake Wawasee since the 1940s, Malcolm and Shirley purchased a lake home there in 1980 and retired to it in 1986. Shirley loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandson. She took great pride in the beautiful flowers she grew each summer at the lake.
Shirley was preceded in death by infant son, Christopher; daughter, Leslie; and husband, Malcolm.
She is survived by son, Doug (Eileen); granddaughters, Ellie (Will) James and Megan Williams; and great-grandson, Malcolm James; as well as sisters, Donna (Walter) Forbes and Susan (Frank) Morton; and brother, H. Donald "Fritz" (Carolyn) Crisler.
Shirley will be buried in Marion in a private service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240; or the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, 11586 N. Ind. 13, Syracuse, IN 46567.
Arrangements entrusted to Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 Kem Road, Marion. Online condolences may be made at www.ravenchoate.com.
Published on July 11, 2017
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