Shirley Anne Patrick

December 1926 ~ April 2017

About the Service

Memorial Service to be held this Saturday, April 15 at 11:00am at the Delhi Community Presbyterian Church.

Shirley Anne Patrick, born on December 8, 1926 was  raised just outside of Akron, OH to Dale and Lucille Dillinger.  She graduated from Kenmore High School in 1944.  After graduation she went to work in a local department store.  In 1948, she received a letter from Chuck, the love of her life, inviting her to join him in Delhi, CA.  So, Shirley hopped on a train for a 3-day ride across the country, not quite sure of what the future might hold.  Within a few months of her cross country trip they were married and started their family where she was a loving and devoted wife and mother.

With her love of the Arts, Shirley encouraged her children to pursue her passion with many lessons in music, drama and dance throughout their youth.

As an active member of Delhi Community Presbyterian, she faithfully taught both children and adult Sunday school classes, served as a deaconess, and represented the church in various leadership roles both locally and regionally.  Shirley helped to pioneer bringing Sacred Dance into church communities in worshiping God with Movement and Praise throughout the Valley.  After many years of dedicated service within the Presbyterian church, Shirley was awarded with an honorary life membership into The Presbyterian Women on April 20, 1996.

In more recent years, her interests grew to include traveling the country for annual visits to spend time with her children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Over the last several years, many of them began setting aside special times to travel to Delhi for continuing visits and adventures with her.  During a Calvin Crest Retreat at 88 years young, Shirley even got herself harnessed up and rode the Zip Line in adding yet another adventure to her life.

Shirley sang and danced her way into heaven on April 11, 2017.  One her dreams was to travel to Israel and visit all the places where Jesus had been during His earthly ministry.  Even better, Shirley has now been welcomed by Jesus personally into heaven.

Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Chuck Patrick, and great grandson Timothy DeCoteau O’Toole.  She is survived by her 5 children; Randy Patrick and wife Patti, Mike Patrick and wife Rose, Cindy Denny and husband Earl, Chris Patrick and wife Sue and David Patrick and wife Mary; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Memorial Service to be held this Saturday, April 15 at 11:00am at the Delhi Community Presbyterian Church.  Remembrances or donations may be sent to her Delhi church or your favorite charity in her name.


  1. Randy, please know that I would have attended your mother’s service, but I didn’t know when it was scheduled. My sisters and I remember all the heartfelt cards and notes she wrote to us over the years, especially after our mother passed away. She knew just what to say, and which bible verses to quote. She was truly an inspiration to others.
    Bless you and all of your family.

  2. I have met Shirley when I first visited the United States in March 2000. She and I share the same birthday (we are 54 years apart), and she had welcomed me into her house to live together as I went to CSU Stanislaus. Shirley loved her Lord, and always praying and studying the Word of God at her dining table. She prayed for me and my family, and showed me how to love the Lord. She expressed the strong vision for me to go to the seminary and looked forward for me to become the disciple of God.
    Shirley communicated her love for her friends and families by sending cards. She was so good at remembering everyone’s birthdays. She loved music, especially when I played her piano. She worship the Lord with her dancing and singing praise songs.
    I will miss her tremendously, yet I am at peace that the Lord took her to be with Him and Shirley didn’t suffer. I look forward to seeing her again when I go to heaven. Shirley, I love you so much.

  3. Shirley was my oldest and dearest friend. I met her when she came to Delhi to marry Chuck. I was about 16, she was about 21 or 22. We have been friends ever since. She was always there to help me when I felt my life was falling apart. We would cry, laugh and pray together. Her faith was unshakable. We went to many Presbyterian Women’s conferences and retreats in Louisville, Kentucky; Lake Tahoe and Calvin Crest. She loved interpreting hymns and scripture into sacred dance. She told me once, when she couldn’t dance anymore, that she danced on in her soul. She’s dancing with the angels now. I will never forget her and look forward to being with her again some day.

  4. So sorry for your loss. I remember you Mom well and spunky is the perfect description of her. Also her great smile! Prayers for you and your entire family.

  5. So sorry for you loss. I remember you Mom well and spunky is the perfect description of her. Also her great smile! Prayers for you and your entire family.

  6. I am so very sorry for your loss, Randy. I remember her when we were in grade school, such a long time ago. My prayers are with you and your family. May loving memories of your mom comfort you always.

  7. You were always such a spunky and one of a kind soul! I don’t have as many memories with you as others might but the ones I have are more meaningful then I ever could have expected! I love your spirit and grace and know that you are in a better place with all those we lost too soon! RIP G. Grandma Patrick! ❤️

  8. Shirley was such a wonderful women,so happy and a joy to be around. I got the privilege to spend her last yr here on earth with her and became a part of her life. She help me to grow and became a better person and to seek out Jesus more. She gave me a job and through that brought me into her church/family where I was very quickly made feel welcomed. She is and will be missed by so many. Hugs and kiss up to u in heaven Shirley. Prayers out to all her family and friends.

  9. Dear counsins Patti, Randy, and family. Praying for all of you in the loss of Shirley
    Love, Linda and Larry

  10. I love you great grandma and I know that you will always be with Evalynn and I watching over our family.

  11. I am so sorry Randy and family my prayers are wit your family I’m here as a friend and knew her very well my the lord be with all of you

  12. I too have fond memories of her as my Sunday School teacher at Delhi Pres. She was a warm and devoted person who blessed my life. She invested in me personally. I remember her asking one morning when it was just the two of us in class, If a Martian came down and met you today, how would you explain the gospel? I praise God for the work He did through her.

  13. I have fond memories of her being my Sunday School teacher in Delhi. She always had a smile and was encouraging us to remember the passages. She will be greatly missed, but will be in our hearts forever.

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