FAIRMONT - Memorial services for Shirley Marie Britt, 72, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Fairmont. There will be a luncheon served immediately following the service.
Shirley passed away Tuesday evening, May 6, 2014, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, at the church. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. July 11, 2014, at Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery, Storm Lake, Iowa.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Shirley Marie Britt was born Oct. 9, l941, in Albert City, Iowa, to Lonnie and Ruth (Wenell) Britt. She lived in Albert City until the age of 11, when she moved with her parents to Linn Grove, Iowa. In l957, the family moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, where Shirley graduated from Storm Lake High School in l959. She attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and secondary English. She began her teaching career in Armstrong, Iowa, schools as a junior high English teacher. While teaching, she earned her Master of Arts in Administration from Mankato State College in l974. She served as elementary principal at Armstrong for six years prior to becoming Fairmont Area Schools curriculum coordinator for K-12 in l984. She maintained that position until her retirement in l999. Shirley worked part-time following retirement for Torgerson Properties and Martin County Historical Society. She was a lifelong learner, active in the United Methodist Church and her circle, as well Chapter Y of the PEO Sisterhood. She was an active supporter of education at every level and for every individual. She particularly enjoyed learning about the pioneer history of Martin County and sharing that story. Mobility limited activity for Shirley in the last years of her life. However, she continued to share with those surrounding her that the most important things in life are "Love, Hope and Peace." She enjoyed reading many genres, handwork, all kinds of music (from crooners such as Dean Martin to soft rock from Richard and Karen Carpenter, country, piano and guitar and classical) and being a special aunt to 14 nieces, nephews and their children.
Survivors include her sisters, Deloris Britt of Lakeside, Iowa, and Eleanor Engen of Iowa City, Iowa; sister-in-law, Darlene Britt of Belleview, Neb.; and nieces and nephews, all of whom were most dear to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ilona Koster and her husband, Verne; brother Bill Britt; brotherin-law, Harold Engen; nephew, Donald Koster; and great nephew, Trevor Huntley.