Memorial services for Shirley M. Rutherford, 85, Eudora, KS, will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Inurnment will be in Eudora Cemetery. She died on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Medicalodges Eudora, KS.
She was born on December 4, 1926 in Tonganoxie, KS, the daughter of Harry E. & M. Lucille Nuttall Long.
Following the death of her father at a young age she was raised by Clarence and Lucille Broers.
Shirley graduated from the Red Brick School in Eudora in 1943.
She married William F. Rutherford, Jr. on December 4, 1948. He and her brother, Robert V. Long preceded her in death.
She worked at the J.C. Penney store in Lawrence from the mid 1950’s until she retired in 1988 as office manager.
She was a member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Eudora and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lawrence.
She loved to sing. She sang in both church choirs and also sang in the Sweet Adelines for a few years in the 1960’s.
She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, crafts, and going to craft shows.
Survivors include a son, William S. “Steve” Rutherford, of Webster, TX; a daughter, Teresa L. “Teri” (husband, Jim) Burchett, of Lawrence, KS; three sisters, Jeanette Betterman, of Superior, WI, Beverly Edwards of Lawrence, KS, Margie Coleman, of Eudora, KS; five grandchildren, Angela, Jennifer, Melanie, Edward, William, one step granddaughter, Melisa, eleven great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time.
The family suggests memorials in her name to the Medicalodges of Eudora and may be sent in care of the mortuary.