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Shirley was born April 23, 1928 to Herman and Millie (Post) Arzner in Lakeview. She was the youngest of three children. She married Howard Estep Oct. 1, 1943. They had four children, Francis, Gordon, Ron and Cheryl.
Shirley grew up in Lakeview, working in her parents grocery store and then at Lake District Hospital. She moved to Burns in 1961 and continued her career in nursing at Harney District Hospital, retiring after 30 years. She made many long time friends that she worked with and took care of at the hospital.
Shirley was a member of the Lakeview Theta Rho Club of the IOOF until she was initiated into the Lakeview Topaz Rebekah Lodge #22. When that lodge disbanded in November 2003, she transferred her membership to the Burns Sylvia Rebekah Lodge #43. In addition to her Theta Rho membership, she was a member of the Rebekah Lodge of the IOOF for 66 years.
Shirley enjoyed going hunting, fishing and camping with all of her family, and teaching them the outdoor life she loved. She cherished any time spent with her family and extended family. Related or not, everyone was family to her. She got the kids to mind by telling them she would take them over her checkered apron, and then she would laugh. She was always the “Go To Mom” from cleaning fish, processing wild game or just a shoulder to lean on. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her sons, Francis (Lillian), Gordon (Linda), Ron (Dorene); daughter, Cheryl Still (Flint); grandchildren, Gary (Jessica), David (Tina), Denae Crofoot (Shane), Marc (Deb), Michael (April), Jeremy, Ronnie (Shelly), Shirley Colvin (Phil), Firel (Carla), Dayla Reynolds (Monte), Clint Still (Naomi), LeeAnna Smith (Chris); step-grandchildren, Tommy Boren (Debbie), Pam Worton, Jennifer Yekel (Stuart), Janien Rhen (Jerud), and Ariona (Jose; 28 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck. A graveside service will be held in Lakeview at the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.
Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Sylvia Rebekah Lodge #43, Parkinson’s disease research or the charity of one’s choice.