Tribute: Shirley J. Whitfield

Shirley J. Whitfield passed away October 17

Shirley J. Whitfield, Mineral Ridge, Ohio - obit

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio – There will be Services at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 21 at Lane Family Funeral Homes-Austintown Chapel for Shirley J. Whitfield, 77, of Vista Center at the Ridge, Assisted Living, who passed away Monday evening, October 17 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Shirley was born November 23, 1938 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, a daughter of David E. and Elsie Wilkins Byers.

Shirley was a secretary with Taylor-Winfield Inc. and later with Mullins Manufacturing.

She was a 1957 graduate of Lordstown High School.

Shirley was a loving caregiver to her parents, her sister and her brother and enjoyed being with her friends. She had a sharp wit and enjoyed square dancing and reading.

Shirley’s husband, Royal C. Whitfield, whom she married October 28, 1967, died December 27, 2003.

Shirley is survived by her niece and nephews, Dennis (Jeannie) Byers and Lynda (David) Fowler both of Lordstown, Kenneth (Karen) Welty of Canfield and David (Kathy) Byers of Newton Falls and her best friend, Martha Sear who was like a sister to Shirley and also Martha’s husband Joe and their family.

Besides her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her brothers, Norman and Harry Byers and her sisters, Evelyn Brobst and Helen Welty.

The family would like to thank Martha and Joe Sear, the Vista Center at the Ridge and Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care and concern for Shirley.

Friends may call from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 21 prior to the Service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St. Yo., OH 44512.

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A television tribute will air Thursday, October 20 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.