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Shirley Mae Ransier

Shirley Mae Ransier, born on March 16, 1931, departed this world on January 4, 2021. Shirley's life was a tapestry of love, service, and laughter, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

As a young girl, Shirley worked in her mother's restaurant after school. This is where she learned how to make a "mean" pie and developed her culinary prowess. She graduated from Kelso High School in Kelso, Wash., in 1949 and attended two years of community college. She moved to Tucson, Ariz., and worked for the phone company for a few years.

Devoting much of her life to service, Shirley worked as a dedicated secretary at the Salvation Army for 20 years, extending a helping hand to men battling addiction. Her compassionate nature went beyond professional duties, as she informally adopted many children who needed love, creating a home filled with warmth and acceptance.

Shirley's loving touch transformed family gatherings and holidays into cherished memories. Her affinity for birds mirrored her free spirit, and her sharp, sarcastic wit added a unique and delightful flavor to conversations, catching everyone off guard with a smile.

A source of love and strength, Shirley's thoughtfulness touched everyone around her. Survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, she also held the memory of a son who passed away.

Shirley shared a lifetime of love and partnership with her husband, Gene Ransier, whom she married on August 29, 1958, in Salem, Ore. Together, they navigated life's joys and challenges, creating a bond that stood the test of time.

In remembering Shirley, let us honor a life well-lived, a woman well-loved, and a spirit that will forever resonate in the hearts of those who were blessed to call her family and friend.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at 1 p.m., at the Community Church, Garfield, Wash., with Pastor Phil Weagraff officiating. Urn burial will be at the Garfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army at

Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, Wash., is caring for the family. On line condolences may be left at


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