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Shirley Timmins

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford. There will be one hour of visitation held prior to the service at the church.

The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley Jean (Latham, Campbell) Timmins was born March 28, 1923 to Ida E. (Ford) Latham and Theodore E. Latham at Fort Dodge.

She attended school in Ft. Dodge until 10th grade. Family moved to Rockwell City for one year then moved to Cherokee, Ia. Shirley attended Immaculate Conception school, graduating in 1941. She then went to Clark College in Dubuque. When WWII broke out her family moved to Waukegan, Illinois, where her stepfather was stationed. Shirley worked as a bookkeeper at that time.

On Nov. 4, 1944, Shirley married her high school sweetheart, Claude R. Timmins. Their early years after the war were spent living in towns in Northwest Iowa, eventually settling in Estherville, where they had Timmins Insurance and Real Estate. They had five children: Tom, Rick, Barb, Joe, and Betty.

Shirley lived an extremely fulfilled life while being a loyal and devoted wife and mother. She perused magazines and cookbooks and later watched the cooking shows to find the perfect meal to serve to her family and friends.

The role of snowbird fit her well. For many years she would travel with Claude to their homes in the Phoenix area to golf for six months and return to her beloved Lake Okoboji the other six months each year. No matter where she lived she had many friends that were drawn to her.

Her legacy is laden with her solid values of compassion, patience, and kindness. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. Shirley's focus was family first. The day before she died she saw 11 of her family members from around the world on Skype, as she would brag to anyone that would listen at the Milford Care Center. Moments before she left this earth, Shirley's laugh was heard coming from her room.

Shirley is survived by her five children, Tom and his four children, Jasmin, Caraway, Joe, and Dan and their spouses; Rick, wife, Marcia, and daughter, Tracy; Barb (Hetzel) and son, Kortland; Joe, wife, Diane, and son, Jacob; and Betty (Fettig), (Shirley's favorite son-in-law), Rick; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one dog, Benji. She is preceded in death by Claude and numerous family and friends.