Shirley was born May 20, 1928, in Brazil, to Arvil and Dorothy (Kaelber) Wells. She was preceded in death by her parents.
On March 29, 1947, in Stearleyville, as the former Shirley Wells, she married Lawrence Thomas.
Shirley graduated from Brazil High School in 1946. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was a stay-at-home mom and loved taking care of her family.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years, Lawrence, four children, Darlene (Mike) Olmstead, South Bend, Christina (Alan) Schrader, Brazil, Brenda (Richard) Crawford, Lakeville, and Daniel Thomas, South Bend, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, brother Don (Jean) Wells, Indianapolis, and aunt Ellena Bottnor, Bazil.
Services will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th St., Mishawaka, with Pastor Pat Sommer officiating.
Burial will take place at 1 p.m., Tuesday, in Summitt Lawn Cemetery, Brazil.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Shirley's name to Riley Children's Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, 46204.
To leave the family an online condolence or to share memories with the family, visit www.hahnfuneral-home.com.