Shirley May Blake

Shirley May Blake

Shirley Sheldon was born May 22, 1930, in Clarence, to George and Nettie Henkes Sheldon.  She graduated from Clarence High School in 1947, and was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Lloyd Blake on Sept. 25, 1949, in Clarence.  He preceded her in death March 20, 2017. Shirley worked for many years at Hilmer’s Greenhouse and later at Rabe’s Greenhouse and Selk’s Flowers, all in DeWitt, before her retirement.  She was known by many as “the flower lady.”

She was a member of DeWitt United Methodist Church and enjoyed many years of activities with women’s groups there.  Shirley and Dick were also members of a card club group established in the late 1950s that evolved to include weekly picnics and family camping over the next half century.

Surviving are two daughters, Clista Blake Fischer, of Houston, Texas, and Sandra Lea (Alan) Pflughoeft, of Ellsworth, Kansas; three grandchildren, Martin Fischer, of Seattle, Washington, Tricia (Rob) Edgington, of Moorpark, California, and Tiara Pflughoeft, of Moundridge, Kansas; two great-granddaughters, Karlee Hedin, of Moorpark, California, and Isabele Weber, of Moundridge, Kansas;  four sisters-in-law, Rhoda Flockhart, Lee Sheldon, Barbara Shriver and Betty Blake; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, George, Dale, Gilbert, John, Dean, and Donald; two sisters, Helen Sheldon and Donna Sheldon Clemmens; and various other in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Blake was cremated.  A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.  Memorials may be designated to DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation Westwing c/o Dorothy Sheldon, 1320 Maplewood Court, DeWitt, IA, 52742.

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Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, in DeWitt.