AMERY, WIS. - Shirley L. Turek (Oxford) was born Nov. 17, 1934 in Fort Worth to William Shelton and Gracie Mae Oxford (Pace) and went home to the Lord Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
Mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amery, Wis. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated and interment will be at the Amery Cemetery. Family will receive visitors 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery.
Shirley graduated from high school in Glen Rose, “The Dinosaur Capital of the World.” As a teenager, Shirley enjoyed playing basketball, swimming in the Brazos River, exploring the dinosaur tracks, riding horses, barrel racing and spending time with friends and family.
Those who knew her remember stories of Shirley running back the odometer after taking her daddy’s farm truck out with friends and picking cotton for 15 cents a bale. She 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 Air Force Base, 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, they moved to Green Bay, Wis., and later relocated to Chicago, Ill., and New Richmond, Wis. They finally settled at the lake house in Amery in 1978. Shirley was an avid card player, enjoying bridge, poker, canasta and solitaire – but she was happy to enjoy most any game, a love she shared with her family. She enjoyed several artistic endeavors, including painting, crafting, knitting and collecting, was active in volunteer activities at her church and the communities in which she lived and thoroughly enjoyed traveling.
She was easily recognized in a crowd by her infectious laughter and all who knew her loved her! Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack; son, Michael; sisters, Clara Mae and Hazel; and brothers, Foster and 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 a large extended family, cousins, nieces and nephews.