Shirley Ann Donaldson (Werner) entered Heaven on January 17, 2021 and was reunited into the loving arms of her mom. Born October 2, 1938 in Garrett, she was the daughter of Samuel Earl and Etta Werner (Llewellyn).
Survived by her loving family, Ronald (Michele) Donaldson, Michael (Tammy) Donaldson, and Deborah (Gary) Gaumer. Shirley had a deep love for her six grandchildren, Kristi (Chadd) Sines, Megan (James) Henry, Ashley (Levi) Dively, Joel (Jodi) Delancy, Ryan (Candace) Donaldson, and Matthew (Tori) Donaldson. She was blessed to live to see ten great-grandchildren, Austin and Jacob Sines, Harper and Ryker Henry, Quinn Dively, Jordan and Julian Delancy, Caden Donaldson, and Rylyn Shaffer and Gerritt Donaldson.
Nothing made her happier than these children, and she always would whisper, “you are precious” to them.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold (Popeye) Donaldson; brothers Bill Werner, Don Werner, Rodger Werner, and Charles Aurndt; sister, Sally Romesburg. She is survived by siblings Ken Werner, Helen Davis, Lois Myers, Wilma Purbaugh, and Bonnie (Rick) Decker; sisters in law, Barbara Donaldson and Freda Aurndt, in addition to many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her.
She was proud to own Donaldson’s Hotel and made many lifelong friends. A faithful servant to her community, Shirley was a Garrett Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary member for 64 years, and 42 years ago when the Fire Department allowed women to join, her friend Stella Lee and she were the first two women to sign up. She modeled to her children and grandchildren how to serve and help someone else every day. A graduate of Meyersdale Area High School, she had many friends and never met a stranger. Shirley was often seen cheering at a ball game, watching the Steelers play, going for walks by the river, and swinging beside a grandchild, friend, or neighbor on her porch. In her final months, her family found comfort in knowing that the staff at Meadow View Nursing Center had become like a second family to her, providing her with love and care. Shirley never heard a song she wouldn’t dance to, and we find solace in knowing she is dancing in Heaven. Respecting her own wishes, a memorial dinner will be held at a later date. A graveside service will be held on January 30, at 2 p.m. at Highland Cemetery, Garrett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the church that Shirley loved and attended since the age of five, Garrett United Church of Christ.
Arrangements with Price Funeral Service, Inc., Meyersdale. (www.WilliamRowePrice.com)
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