Shirley Ella Poland passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at home in Talent, Ore.
Shirley was born June 11, 1946 in Orofino, Idaho to Lester and Thelma Crawford. She moved to Southern California where she met and married Dick Poland. She moved back to Idaho and had two children. She lived in various parts of the West Coast over the course of her life and the last years were in Talent, Ore.
Shirley worked many different jobs through her life including her own businesses - a beauty shop for several years with her sister, Anah, in Lewiston, Idaho and a restaurant, hotel, and trailer court with her parents in Craigmont, Idaho. She was a talented artist and decorator. She was a natural leader.
Shirley enjoyed gardening and shopping (especially at second-hand stores.) In recent years she traveled to Arizona with Tena and Gene Lockett looking for desert treasures. She was associated with Jehovah's Witnesses and loved to share with others the precious promises of the future paradise and resurrection hope.
Shirley had loving care most recently by her sister, Tena and family, and Sharon and Fred McFall; as well as wonderful friends, precious neighbors, and her constant, faithful companion - her dog, Tator.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Thelma Crawford; sister, Anah Blue; and two brothers, Arthur Crawford and Little Henry. Survivors include her two children, Richard Poland and Brandi Miller; two sisters, Deana Gilmore and Tena Lockett; brother, Buster Crawford; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild to be.
Her funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.