Shirely Larson

Shirely Larson

Sept. 8, 1936 – Jan. 22, 2021

Shirely Larson passed away on January 22, 2021 in Turlock, CA. Shirely is survived by her husband of 64 years, Duane Larson, who she loved dearly. She is also survived by her children Terri (Gaylon) Wade of Denair, CA, Diane Light of Ceres, CA, Julie (Jim) Thomas of Denair, CA, John (Terry) Larson of Denair, CA, and Cathy (Matthew) Scott of Denair CA; and stepfather Joaquin Gomes. Shirely was preceded in death by her mother Margaret Gomes, her father George Fernandes, and her brother Ron Fernandes.

She was a devoted grandmother to all of her 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Shirely attended and graduated from Turlock High School.  She worked as a teller in the banking business for many years before starting her job with the Denair Community Services District, where she worked for 17 years and retired in 1993.

Shirely volunteered for years and spent many hours in helping the Denair Lions Club park cars for the Stanislaus County Fair.  She also enjoyed being part of the Denair Fire Dept. Women’s Auxiliary, where she would take firemen coffee and treats when they fought fires for hours.

Shirely and Duane were members of the “All Season’s RV Group” where they had numerous fun trips with great friends. They also enjoyed unforgettable family vacations at Pinecrest Lake.

Shirely will be missed by many friends and family.  Your memory is our keepsake with which we will never part.  So you see you’re not gone because you will forever be in our hearts.

Visitation on Sat., Jan. 30, 2021 from 9:00am-11:30am at Allen Mortuary.  Private graveside to follow at Denair Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denair Lions Club, PO Box 32, Denair, CA 95316.

12 Comments

  • Geralyn Weston January 27, 2021 10:49 pm

    Shirley,you were an inspiration and role model for all of my life. Your proudest legacy is your wonderful family.i will miss you so!

  • Leone “Punky” johnson January 27, 2021 11:00 pm

    Shirley. You were one of my best friends and I will miss you forever.

  • Becky Vieyra January 27, 2021 11:43 pm

    Shirley, I will always remember your smile, and the endless support you showed your family. Always in the stands as their forever cheerleader. You will be dearly missed. ❣️❣️

  • Todd Anderson January 28, 2021 12:26 am

    Our condolences to all of the Larson family on the loss of Shirely. What a blessing to have known all of you all these years. Thanks Shirely for the laughs, the smiles and the hugs, as a friend’s mom, a fire Chief’s wife and a Lions Club supporter. You indeed left a legacy of love and great memories that I will always cherish, as many will from our small town. Thank you for always making each of us feel special. With love and respect, Todd Anderson

  • Carol McRoberts January 28, 2021 2:50 am

    RIP Shirley. You were a real family lady and we all will miss you in the Fernandes Family as well as your Denair Family.

    Love and Hugs Cousin Carol McRoberts

  • Cheryl and Fred Zumstein January 28, 2021 3:08 am

    Duane, Terri, Diane, Julie, John and Cathy. Hugs and love to you and all your families. Shirley was a wonderful person and she will be missed.

  • Joan Andersen January 28, 2021 2:54 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Larson family. Shirley was a jewel that never lost its shine. Thank you Shirley for always making my kids feel special, for the neighborly visits at your kitchen table, for checking on odd noises at the house and for your never ending patience with the endless round of fundraisers to which you contributed. You leave behind hearts full of memories. Rest easy..

  • Marcia Fowle Smith January 28, 2021 3:08 pm

    What a gracious lady and a big part of the Denair community.
    Your warm smile and friendly personality made those you met feel like you knew them a life time. You will be missed dearly and remember always.

  • Norma Nunes Fernandes January 28, 2021 4:23 pm

    RIP Shirley. I will always remember good times growing up, also in high school with our group of girl friends. A great mom and wonderful grandmother and great grandma too.
    Love and prayers to all the family. Cousin Norma

  • Donna Dooley Beserra January 28, 2021 4:59 pm

    I always think about you and Dwayne when I drive by the Denair Fire Department. We had so much fun at the firehouse and going to fire mustards. Participating with you on the team. If we were short a team member you were talked into being on the team and didn’t turn us down. It wasn’t a competition as much as it was so much fun and laughs and good times. I will miss you my friend but will treasure the memories.

  • Mark Hodges January 30, 2021 3:25 am

    I grew up just 2 doors down from the Larson’s we had many good football games on their front yard .Mrs Larson was always so nice to the neighborhood kids . Then I had the pleasure of serving in the fire dept. where she was always around to help and support us. You will be missed but I will cherish the memories. Mark H

  • Stan Gustafson January 30, 2021 3:28 pm

    To Duane and the kids. Blessings on you all. I met Shirley when right of high school I started to work at Security State Bank. She was always a classy lady. She and Duane were a great couple and it was our pleasure to have known you all. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that she is at peace.

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