Shirley Maxine (Holderman) Funk

Memorial services for Shirley Maxine (Holderman) Funk, 71, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be at a later date. She died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at her home.

Shirley was born November 18, 1942 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of Alden “Wally” Eugene and Sarah Mae (Everett) Holderman.

Shirley was a graduate of Lawrence High School in 1961, and later graduated from Lawrence Business School. After high school, she married Donald William Funk October 29, 1961 in Lawrence, KS.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Lane Historical Society in Lecompton, KS, and Eastern Star. Shirley was a homemaker and a Girl Scout leader for over 25 years. She enjoyed working on genealogy, researching Kansas history, writing books on Kansas historical figures, collecting stamps, raising horses, photography, and traveling. She loved all animals, writing, drawing, and craft projects. Shirley and her mother collaborated to make two handmade quilts for the Lecompton Historical Society. She was a caregiver to her grandchildren, other family members, and would help anyone in need, especially family. She was a strong advocate for education. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Donald “Don” Funk on April 17, 2007, after 45 years of marriage and by her parents.

Survivors include two daughters, Leah I. Pringle and husband, Jody, Jennifer A. Anderson, and husband, Greg, both of Lawrence; four grandchildren, Veronica and LeeAnne Pringle, Aaron Funk, Colin Galiano; one great granddaughter, Layla Quigley; and a brother, Richard Holderman, Emmaus, PA.

The family suggests memorial contributions in her name to the Lecompton Historical Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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  1. Kay Dunning on August 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    To Shirley’s Family,
    I am shocked & saddened by Shirley’s passing. I first met Shirley while in high school when I visited Lawrence with Emilie Holderman Nacarrato during the ’50’s. We had so much fun with Mae, Wally, Shirley and Richard, that included Woody, Georgia & Jerry Longstreth too. I shall always remember her friendly smile, her sense of humor, and attitude toward living life to the fullest.
    Sending Love & Sympathy to all the family and may all your good memories give you peace and comfort at this time.

    Kay Dunning, Erie, KS

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