FREMONT — 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.
She was born June 19, 1917, in Aurora, the oldest of three children, to Charles Delos and Rachel Victoria Roadman Durfee. Her mother died when Shirley was 2 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 omnichord. She spent many hours camping, fishing and sightseeing 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, 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, S.D.
Shirley had a cheerful disposition up until the time of her passing.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn and Dale Gifford, Central Valley; Vernon and Sherryl Jackson, Levan; Jerry and Elva Jackson, Fremont; Elvin and Pauline Jackson, Santa Clara; Dawnetta Bolaris, Manti; Rhea Stevens, St. George; Stanton and Terri Jackson, Kanab; 30 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Irvin Durfee, 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, at 1 p.m., in the Fremont LDS ward chapel. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Richfield, Friday, June 15, from 7 to 8 p.m., or at the ward chapel Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the services.
Interment will be in the Fremont Cemetery.
Funeral directors, Springer Turner Funeral Home, Richfield and Salina.
Online guest book at springerturner.com.