Fremont, Utah - Our kind and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Shirley Faun Durfee Jackson, age 94, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2012 at the home of her son, Jerry, in Fremont, Utah.
She was born June 19, 1917 in Aurora, Utah, the oldest of three children born to Charles Delos and Rachel Victoria Roadman Durfee. Her mother died when Shirley was two years old and her father married Martha Eunice Callahan and they had four more children.
Shirley married Perry LeRoy Jackson, April 2, 1937 in the Manti LDS Temple, and they were the parents of nine children. Perry died May 12, 2007.
As a woman of many talents and interests, Shirley enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and researching genealogy. Being a skilled seamstress, she sewed a variety of items, ranging from doll clothing to wedding gowns. She could look at a dress in a mail-order catalog, design a pattern and sew an exact duplicate. Shirley also oil painted and played the accordion and omnicord. She spent many hours camping, fishing and sight-seeing in the Utah desert with her husband, and they were often accompanied by their children and friends. While her husband was alive, Shirley was always at his side as a supportive companion.
Shirley lived most of her life in Wayne County: in Lyman, Fremont and Caineville, where she grew productive gardens and loved nurturing flowers. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many callings, including a mission with her husband to Rapid City, South Dakota.
Shirley had a cheerful disposition up until the time of her passing. She is survived by her children: Carolyn and Dale Gifford of Central Valley; Vernon and Sherryl Jackson of Levan; Jerry and Elva Jackson of Fremont; Elvin and Pauline Jackson of Santa Clara; Dawnetta Bolaris of Manti; Rhea Stevens of St. George; Stanton and Terri Jackson of Kanab; 30 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Irvin Durfee of Oregon.
She was preceded in death by a son, Denton Jackson; a daughter, Faun Volz Dooley; three brothers and two sisters: Dee, Edward, Henry, Rachel and Louisa.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to her granddaughter, Haylee Anne Jackson, and to Sarah Rees who lovingly cared for Shirley during her last days. The family also gives special thanks to Terri Ann Leavitt, Trista Morgan, Julie Chappell and all the others from Gunnison Hospice, who gave the TLC this special lady received.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the Fremont LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Richfield, Friday evening from 7 to 8 P.M. or at the ward chapel Saturday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.
Burial will be in the Fremont Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina,Utah.