Shirley Ann Jurgensen, the daughter of William and Anna (Westphal) Nielsen was born February 1, 1928 near Paullina, Iowa. She attended Dale #8 grade school north of Paullina and later graduated from Paullina High School in 1946. She graduated from Iowa School of Cosmetology in Des Moines, Iowa in 1947. She was employed at Ann’s Beauty Shop in Paullina for ten years. On June 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Vernelle Jurgensen in Paullina, Iowa. After her husband’s discharge from the Army the couple began farming southeast of Paullina where they farmed for many years. Her husband preceded her in death on December 5, 1992 in Cherokee, Iowa. Shirley remained on the family farm until the fall of 1993, when she moved west of Sutherland, Iowa. She made her home there until 2013, when she moved to the Sutherland Care Center. Shirley passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Mercy One Hospital in Primghar reaching the age of 91 years, 9 months and 6 days.
She was baptized at her parent’s home and was a long-time member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Calumet. She served on the Church Council, Kitchen Committee, Altar Committee, Search Committee and was a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed bowling and gardening. She enjoyed making meals for her boys when they were in the field. Family was very important to Shirley by showing her love to each of them.
Shirley leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Roxann and her husband, Dennis Diehm of Marshalltown, Iowa; two sons, Neil and his wife, Deb Jurgensen of Sutherland, Iowa and Kent and his wife, Dawn Jurgensen of Larrabee, Iowa; six grandchildren, Amanda Diehm; Jessica (Matt) Harger; Jill Jurgensen (Charlie); Austin Jurgensen (Hannah); Kade Jurgensen (Jasey); Dane Jurgensen (DeLani); one great grandson, Cooper Lee Jurgensen; one brother William and his wife Cindy Nielsen of Trussville, Alabama; two sisters-in-law, LaVonne Benson of Sutherland, Iowa and Mabel Jurgensen of Paullina, Iowa also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one brother, Loren Nielsen.
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