Shirley Ann Cole


Shirley Ann Cole, 76, of Martinsville, entered her Heavenly home on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

She was born on Oct. 26, 1940, in Indianapolis, to Zell C. and Lassie (Birdwell) Cross. Shirley graduated from Southport High School with the Class of 1958. She received her Master of Science degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

She loved to make greeting cards, do crafts, bake and read. Shirley worked at Uniroyal, R.C.A., Lakeland Tackle, which was a family business, Cytec Industries and Clarian Health. Shirley was a 25-year member of the Southport Order of the Eastern Star No. 442. Her humorous personality was cherished by all. She unselfishly shared her love through her baking. Shirley never knew a stranger and always had a listening ear and open heart.

Shirley married John W. Cole in Indianapolis on Sept. 10, 1983, and he survives along with her brother, Eddie L. (Donna) Cross; nephews, David (Jackie) Cross of Indianapolis and Rick Cross of Franklin; brothers-in-law, Harvey (Linda) Cole of Martinsville and Warren (Sheryl) Cole of Sullivan; sisters-in-law, Arlene (Jim) Boes of Sullivan, Jane Atherton of Orlando, Florida, and Betty Cole of Plainfield; uncle, Bill Birdwell of Tennessee; Ms. Cross of Alabama; two great-nieces and one great-nephew; many loving cousins; best friend, Brenda J. Cook; and her furbabies, Snickers and Muffin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Peggy and George Cole.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood, with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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