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Shirley Zorb

 
Shirley Zorb

Shirley Zorb

Shirley was born on January 6, 1924, in Glendive, Montana, to Stanley and Beatrice Coughlin Junge. In 1943 Shirley graduated from Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Washington.

Shirley met Norman Zorb shortly after the end of WWII when she was living in Olympia with her parents and helping them to run their local motel. Shirley and Norman married on June 1, 1946, in Olympia, Washington, in a double wedding with her sister and brother in-law, Betty and Will Henderson.

Shortly after they were married Shirley and Norman moved to Broadus, Montana, where Norman worked in his father-in-law's auto garage. After the birth of their two oldest children, Norman and Shirley relocated to St. John, Washington where Norman had been raised. While living in St. John, Shirley and Norman had three additional children.

For many years Shirley was a homemaker and in 1963 the family moved to Cottonwood, Idaho, where she worked in food services at St. Gerturde's Academy. In 1968 the family moved for the final time to Colfax, Washington where Shirley worked in the meat department at the local Safeway. After several years, Shirley retired from Safeway and became involved in many local social services. She and Norman volunteered at the local food bank as well as many programs and services through the local Catholic church, St. Patrick's. Shirley was a very family-oriented person and made sure to instill a strong work ethic in her children.

During her retirement years Shirley enjoyed reading, spending time with the women from Catholic Daughters of America, traveling with Norman, and playing cards with her friends. Her grandchildren remember her retirement most by the time she forgot to put the meat in the taco salad at a family gathering. In 2014 Shirley relocated to Walla Walla, Washington, where she moved into an assisted living apartment at Odd Fellows Home. During her six years there she enjoyed making new friends, spending time with her sister-in-law Doris, playing bingo, and going to the library.

On July 19, 2020, after 96 great years, Shirley passed away. Shirley is survived by her sister Betty Henderson; her children, Mike (Pam) Zorb of Great Falls, Montana, Pat (Jan) Zorb of Pomeroy, Wash., Vikki (Don) Zorb Davis of College Place, Wash., Georgine Zorb Jones of Carson City, Nev., 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Beatrice, her brother Robert Junge, husband Norman, her daughter Sandy Zorb Bebo, her grandsons Jerette Rose and David Zorb, and infant great grandson Curtis (Jerette) Rose.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the St. John Cemetery. Bruning Funeral Home is caring for the family. On-line condolences can be made at http://www.bruningfuneralhome.com.

 

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