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Shirley P. Shearer

Nov. 12, 1920 – Mar. 23, 2015

Shirley P. Shearer, 94, of Carson City, Nevada passed away on March 23, 2015 in the comfort of her home with family and with the great assistance of Saint Mary’s Hospice and Home Instead, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born November 12, 1920 in Caldwell, Idaho while her parents (Arther and Juliana Liotard Phillips) were on a “quick” trip from their home in Winnemucca, Nevada – a fact that she never forgave them for! In her heart she was a true Winnemuccan and Nevadan. Shirley started her education at the Winnemucca Grammar School and finished her education in Stockton, California, graduating from Stockton High and a Business College in that area. In 1940 she met the love of her life Otis (Deke) Shearer in Fallon, Nevada while visiting family friends. It was a whirlwind courtship and they were married several weeks later. Shirley and Deke moved to Carson City in 1945 and remained there the rest of their lives. Her true second love became the game of golf. She started playing golf after Deke came home from the Carson City Golf Course (at what is now Mills Park) and told her he needed a partner to play in the couples golf tournament the following weekend. He gave her a few lessons in the cow pasture behind their house. From that point on her passion became golf followed by a Basque Picon Punch and a good lunch. If Shirley wasn’t at home or work she could be found on any and all golf courses. One of her favorites was the Winnemucca Golf Course, especially when attending the Winnemucca Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament. In 1970 Shirley was President of the Womanís Northern Nevada Golf Association and at one time was the President of the Eagle Valley Woman’s Golf Club. She retired from the State of Nevada Employment Security Department after thirty plus years of service. She retired as the Assistant Chief of Benefits. Shirley is survived by her daughter Jerry Ann Fenkell (Dan Walker) of Carson City, Granddaughters Jacy Jackson (Charles) of Winnemucca, Jackie Sater (David) of Reno, Emily Shearer of Dundee, Oregon, Great Grandchildren Raven and Colton Black and Nick Jackson of Winnemucca, Eddie and Anjuli Silveira of Reno, Oceana, Celeste, Zipporah and Nehemiah of Dundee, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Steve Shearer, parents and brother Bud Phillips. At her request there will be no services. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Tree Fund at: Eagle Valley Golf Course, 3999 Centennial Park Drive, Carson City, Nevada 89706 or the Ladies Golf Club Girlís Scholarship Fund for Lowry High School, Karen Aldridge, P.O.Box 467, Winnemucca, Nevada 89446