April 17, 2019 — Shirley June Wilson, 93, born in 1925, died April 4, 2019, in Florence, Ore., at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital. Shirley was a resident of Florence for almost 30 years.
She was preceded in death by parents, Richard A. and Olive S. Wilson, from Minnesota; her two older brothers, Rich-ard and Byron Wilson. Just seven weeks ago, she lost her best friend and younger sister, Mary E. Wilson, from Med-ford, Ore. This seemed to have taken the wind right out of her sails.
Surviving Shirley are many loved nieces and nephews from around the country.
After high school in Minneapolis, she enlisted at the end of World War II, in the WAVES (Woman’s Naval Reserve), and as a result was a proud member of the Wilmette Valley Honor Flight in 2014. After the war, she joined the Hormel Girls and USO, touring towns in the U.S. and around the world, dancing, singing and banging a mean drum. Before moving to Florence in 1991, she spent almost 30 years in Los Angeles at KABC in the sales group. The prime benefit was being able to sneak away to the fantastic KABC box seats in Dodger Stadium, to watch her adored LA Dodgers in person. Give her a dog on her lap, the Dodgers on the radio or TV and she was happy. While in Florence, she enjoyed having lunch with friends, volunteering, playing golf and going to her favorite church. She will be sorely missed.
No service is planned. Donations can go to Oregon Coast Humane Society.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.