Shirley Ann Maynard, 85, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. She fought a valiant fight against cancer and brought sunshine to everyone who had the privilege of meeting her. Her greatest joy was found in helping others and volunteering wherever she was needed. She served in crisis centers, in church activities and most importantly in her own home. Everyone who came to her home was blessed by her sweet, giving nature. She had the gift of making everyone and everything better than she found it.
Shirley was born to Gus and Ruth Lengfelder in Dixon, Illinois on May 2nd, 1934. She married the love of her life Bill Maynard in 1952 and they were blessed to celebrate 67 joyous years together. Throughout their lives they enjoyed living in Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas and Arizona. Some of their happiest memories were spent traveling and exploring Europe together. Bill and Shirley were always active and loved to run together around the White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX where they lived for 23 years. One of their greatest accomplishments was running the White Rock Marathon together.
She loved her family fiercely and is survived by her husband Bill, and her daughters Barbara Stone (Mark) of Carrollton, TX and Kim Rogers (Jeff) of Mesa, AZ, her sister and best friend Patsy Hatten (Jim) of Rock Falls, IL and special sister-in-law Dottie Conboy (Ed) of Illinois. She has 5 grandchildren (all girls!) and 8 great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held in Mesa, AZ at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to HOSPICE of the VALLEY www.hov.org