Shirley Ann McGibbon
Aug 24, 1945 – Jun 23, 2019
Shirley Ann McGibbon
Shirley Ann McGibbon was born August 24, 1945 and passed away on June 23, 2019. Shirley was welcomed to this world by her loving mother and father, Jennie and Angelo. As a child Shirley was a very vivacious young girl who had a older brother, Michael and three younger sisters, Janet, Kathy and Angela. Shirley attended high school at Franklin High School in Seattle and soon after met Ernie McGibbon at a school function which she was invited by a close friend. That began a lifelong romance which soon led to marriage in 1966.
Shirley first worked for the University of Washington then switched to a career at the Seattle Lighting Company which she would eventually retire from after 30 years of employment.
In the 1980's Ernie and Shirley would acquire a waterfront cabin in the Allyn area and this location which soon became the yearly family gathering place for the family picnic. Much love and caring went into making each picnic better than the last. Each picnic enabled the family to bond with each other and grow together through the years. She truly loved entertaining.
Soon the cabin transformed to a full-time residence with the building of a new home on the property. This waterfront home soon would become a hub for many family and friends gatherings. Friends and family will always remember walking into Shirley's cabin or home and feel as though they had been transformed to the ocean with the endless array of fish and nautical decor. She was always in pursuit of one more fish.
In 2017 Shirley would take on her greatest personal battle when she was diagnosed with cancer. She took this news with Shirley's typical upbeat attitude and vowed to live on and fight the disease. She would fight valiantly for three years, but in the end would gracefully except God's invitation back home. She was excited to see her mother and father again as well as her beloved Siamese cat, Dirty Face.
Shirley would not want us to grieve today, instead celebrate a life well lived for which she was very thankful. She will always be remembered as a beacon of light that shall never flicker and she truly will be missed.
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