Shirley Rutherford

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.



2 Condolences

  1. Jeanette Betterman on August 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Thinking of you and may God Bless you. I will miss Shirley

    Her sister in Wisconsin

  2. Diane Larochelle on August 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

    To family,
    My sincere condolences .There is no greater pain than the death of a loved one. Sometimes it seems almost more than a person can bear. Jehovah helps us with this in His word. He promises us that He will put a stop to all sickness & death will be no more (REV 21;3.4) Jehovah shows His love for us through the ransom sacrifice of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to be given ! Then the hope of seeing one’s loved ones again on this earth as it was Jehovah’s will when He created Adam & Eve .

Leave a Condolence