Shirley Ann Laursen was called home on March 2, 2012, in Spokane, Washington. Shirley was born December 21, 1929, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Shirley was a rancher's daughter and true pioneer woman. She received her education in 1-room prairie schoolhouses and proudly graduated from Scottsbluff High School, in Scottsbluff, Ne in 1948. On January 6, 1952, she married her husband, Vernon B. Laursen. They lived near Alliance and worked the family farm where they had two daughters, Janet (Bill) Phillip of Cheney, WA, and Cynthia (Paul) Chafe of Redondo Beach, Ca. In 1957 the family moved to California looking for a better life, where they proudly welcomed a son, Mike (Frances) Laursen of Mountain View, Ca., and made their family home in Redondo Beach. She had to say a sorrowful good bye to her husband in 1988. Shirley was the oldest of four daughters of Robert and Hazel Hood. She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Henderson of Alliance, Ne, Roberta Laursen of Lakewood, Co and Margie (George) Boardman of Reedley, Ca. She was the very proud and caring grandmother of 7 grandchildren; Karla (Toshi) Sugitani, Tom Phillip, Chris (Ellen) Chafe, Doug Chafe, Mark Chafe, Nate Laursen and Clara Laursen. She was blessed to have 1 great granddaughter, Mae Sugitani. Shirley was also the loving aunt to 43 nieces and nephews and a very large caring family of cousins. She will be missed by all who knew her including her numerous honorary grandchildren, friends and wonderful neighbors that she gathered to her over the years. She loved being known as Grandma to everyone she knew. Shirley worked for 23 years at Redondo Union High School serving lunch to "all her kids". She was a founding and faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach for over 55 years. At Trinity she was honored to be part of the Alter Guild for over 30 years. She was also very proud of her membership in Trinity's Keen-Ager group. A viewing is scheduled for Thursday, March 8 from 5-9 pm at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach. Services will be held on Friday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1340 11th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA. Internment will immediately follow the service at Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 182nd Street, Redondo Beach, CA. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Attn: Keen-Agers or Knight Museum, Museum Partners, 708 Mississippi Ave, Alliance, Ne, 69301.

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  1. Janet, Cindy & Mike, she really was the best mom EVER! The three of you are a testament to that. She had a heart of gold and will be missed. I feel so lucky to have known her. She had so many great stories! Prayers and hugs to ALL! Love, Beth

  2. Dearest Cindie and Family, We are sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. We are honored that we got to know her through you and your family. She was a wonderful person like the rest of her loving family. She now rests in a better place, with her husband. Now she is truly an eternal child of God.

  3. We are thinking of our Aunt Shirley who was more like a second mother. She truly will be blessed and our prayers go out to the entire family. We wish we could be there for you. We our will remember all the good times we had and most of all how much she loved her family. God Bless and take care. Love Shawn, Cathy, Christopher, Cameron, Callie and Mona.

  4. So sorry for the loss of your loving mom, Janet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and I personally am honored that you chose the Knight Museum as a memorial choice. Blessings.

  5. Cindy, Janet, Mike, Your mother was an amazing woman, who was so proud of her family. She will be missed. God bless you all.

  6. the best aunt ever and a great mom, she will truly be missed by all, loved you, shirley, rest in peace. god bless!

  7. I feel so blessed to have known her, I always got a kick out of her and hearing many, many of her stories! She will be deeply missed by all. Love you Aunt Shirley, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends.

  8. We will miss Shirley very much. Some of my earliest memories are of having her a my Sunday School teacher in Pastor ‘s garage.My children will remember going to her house on the next block to get their special treat, for her special kids. Love to all, Kathy,Jon , Caitlin and Mark Wright We know she is with God

  9. Janet ~ Sorry about your loss. You were such a good daughter to your Mom…and I know you will miss her. Our sympathy to all the family.

  10. Aunt Shirley was the best Aunt you could ever Have. I remember going over to her house when I was a kid, as it was a special place. She was like our mom and always had a kind word to say about everyone. Our family shared many happy times with hers. I will always remember her warm smile, and will miss her dearly.

  11. Wish I could have been there,Shirly was a wonderfull lady,Im thankfull Vernon married her She was so good for him. a god send for My brother,She made him Happy Thank you Shirley

  12. Dear Cindy,Janet, and families, Sorry to hear of your mothers death. It was a blast as a child to have your family come to visit the ranch. your mom was a very special gal, full of fun and always full of talk. She was great and I know she will be missed by all. Her obit was in the Hemingford Ledger this week. If you would like a copy please email me your address and I’ll send it to you. God Bless you all. Love Debbie Henderson

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