December 25, 1925 — June 13, 2022
Shirley Jean Russell (Rodgers) was born on Christmas Day 1925 in Manistique Michigan to James Vincent Rodgers and Vera Jeanette (Herrick) Rodgers. After high school she attended Sparrow School of Nursing at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing Michigan and graduated in 1947. She had a long career but was most proud of her work with Polio patients, the NICU and being the Head Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital on the Med-Surg unit. Following her retirement, she worked with Volunteers in Medicine as the Medication Nurse until the age of 91. Shirley was active in her church, church circle and Sunday School. She loved to play bridge and belonged to three bridge groups. She enjoyed traveling and went on several mission trips to Mexico and Hawaii. Her favorite trip took her to France, Switzerland and England. She enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise which followed the Apostle Paul’s travels. She was an avid gardener and had a showcase lawn filled with every type of flower she could plant. Roses and daisies were some of her favorites. She is survived by her three children: Darcy Whitsett-Gednalske (Michael) of Belle Fourche South Dakota, Jamie Russell- Wright (Mitchell) of Blue Springs MO, and Craig Russell of St. Charles MO. She had 8 Grandchildren: Shawn, Tonia, Dustin, Colby, Chase, Chad, Delaney and Gabriel. She had 8 Great Grandchildren: Skyler, Micahla, Blaine, Benjamin, Nathanial, Vera, Evelyn, and Adelae. She is also survived by one sister, Kathleen Workinger of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and one brother Richard Rodgers of Gulliver Michigan. Shirley positively impacted thousands of lives through her nursing career, charitable works, and friends and family. She was spiritual follower of God’s lessons and saw the beauty in both people and nature. She will truly be missed by all who crossed her path on her journey through this life. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Shirley’s name to Volunteers in Medicine - St. Charles.
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