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Shirley L. Turek, 79

Shirley L. Turek (Oxford) was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Fort Worth, Texas, to William Shelton and Gracey Mae (Pace) Oxford, and went home to the Lord, Sunday, Sep. 29.

Shirley graduated from high school in Glen Rose, Texas ("dinosaur capital of the world"). As a teenager, Shirley played basketball, swam in the Brazos river in the dinosaur tracks, performed barrel racing in local rodeos, and told many stories of running back the odometer after taking her daddy's farm truck out with friends. She recalls picking cotton for 15 cents a bale, and described her first "real job" as an elevator operator for the city of Fort Worth. She held many administrative positions, including operating a printing company, developing the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and expanding the Amery Senior Center.

Shirley met her soul mate, Jack (John F.) Turek, on a blind date in 1952, at Carswell AFB and they married Sept. 5, 1953. They raised two children, Lisa and Mike, and she was "mom" or "nana" to many others. After Jack completed his military service duty, they moved to Green Bay, Wis., and later relocated to Chicago, New Richmond, Wis., and finally settled at the lake house in Amery in 1978. Shirley was an avid daily card player including Bridge, Poker, and Canasta - but was happy to enjoy many games; a love she shared with her family. She enjoyed several artistic endeavors (painting, crafting, knitting, and collecting), was active in volunteer activities at her church and the communities in which she lived.

Shirley was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Jack; son, Michael; sisters, Clara Mae and Hazel; and brother, JW.

She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in law, Lisa and Robert Turek-Shay; granddaughter Ashley (and husband Mathew Heacock, Jr.); and great granddaughter Madisyn; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Williamson-White Funeral Home and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St Joseph Catholic Church, both in Amery, Wis. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at the Amery Cemetery.

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Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.

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