Thursday, May 30, 2024

Shirley Ann Whittington, a beacon of kindness and passion, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2024, at the age of 84, in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Shirley was born on February 28, 1940, in Brazil, Indiana, to the late Stanley and Dorothy (Burkhart) Knox.

A proud graduate of Van Buren High School's class of 1958, Shirley's work ethic and enthusiasm for learning were evident early on. Her career at First Bank and Trust spanned many years and roles, showcasing her adaptability and dedication. Shirley's colleagues remember her as a mentor and friend who brought warmth and efficiency to every task. After her retirement in 1998, she continued to embody the spirit of service that had defined her professional life.

Shirley's involvement in her community was profound. As a dedicated member of the Staunton 1st Christian Church, she lived her faith through action, contributing to numerous church activities and programs. Her commitment extended to the Clay County Business Professional Women, where she supported fellow members and championed the advancement of women in the workplace.

An avid reader and skilled in the arts of crocheting and puzzles, Shirley found joy in the simple pleasures of life. Her hands were rarely still, often creating beautiful pieces for her loved ones or solving intricate puzzles that challenged her sharp mind. Her hobbies were more than pastimes; they were extensions of her love for life and learning.

Shirley's passion for education and youth empowerment shone brightly through her annual participation in the Reality Store. Here, she guided local middle school students through simulations of adult responsibilities, imparting wisdom and practical skills that would serve them for years to come. Her belief in the potential of every child was unwavering and inspirational.

Family was the cornerstone of Shirley's world. She was a pillar of support at her grandchildren's numerous sporting events and activities. From cheering at track meets to applauding at band concerts, from being a sideline supporter at soccer and softball games to an enthusiastic spectator at robotics meets, Shirley's presence was a source of encouragement and pride for her grandchildren. Her love and involvement in their lives left an indelible mark on their hearts.

Shirley's legacy is characterized by her kind nature, her passionate spirit, and her faith-filled life. She touched many lives with her generosity and compassion, always looking for ways to uplift those around her. Her ability to connect with people from all walks of life, to listen intently, and to offer words of comfort and wisdom, made her a cherished friend and confidant to many.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, a great granddaughter Deklyn Shields, sisters Lois Knox and Verna Wallace, a brother Donald Knox, as well as several extended family members.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 65 years, John Whittington; three children, Terry Whittington (Bettina), Timothy Whittington, Julie Baird (John); six grandchildren, Denae Shields, Devin Whittington, Joel Whittington (Alysha), Nicholas Baird, Katie Baird, and Conner Baird; three great grandchildren, Maverick, Holden, and Dashton; siblings, Harold “Buddy” Knox (Ellen), Wayne

Knox (Debbie), Carol Dillman, brother-in-law Warren Whittington and a bonus sister, Carolyn Knox.

A visitation will be held Monday, June 3rd from 4-7 P.M. at French Funeral Home, 421 East National Avenue in Brazil. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday June 4th at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery.

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