Our Shirley Family Reunion June 6th, 2009
Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley Family Reunion
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the death of Millie in an automobile accident June 8th, 1959
June 8th, 1959 four members of our family were killed in an automobile accident. The Volkswagen is pictured here. Our niece, her three children and grandma Millie Shirley was run over by a school bus. The sun blinded the driver. Grandma was holding the 6 week old son of Pauline. Leona, daughter of Pauline, was also killed. One other daughter, Cathy, was found wondering around near a ditch without serious injury. She was about 3 years old and was the only survivor of the accident. A very tough time for our Shirley family!
Group photo of Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley's Descendants
Grandchildren of Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley
Great grandchildren of Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley
Great Great Grandchildren of Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley
Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley's
Opal's daughter, Shirley and husband Dick Simon
Winford "Pete's" Descendants
Mildred's Descendants and family friend
Ila's Descendants and husband, Bob Kaster
Vernon's Descendants and his wife, Evelyn
Guy and Betty's Descendants
Guy and Betty Shirley
Guy is the only surviving child of Owen Parmer and Millie Shirley
Curt and Dale Shirley
(Curt is Evelyn's oldest Son and Dale is our only son)
Dale Shirley, Jr with his dad
Our grandson and the only one to carry on the Shirley name for our family. Dale, Jr has two daughters, so this could be the end of the Shirley name in our (Guy's) family!
Dale Jr and his wife, Leyla, took over 400 photo's at the reunion! If you want to see them here is the link!
Delaine and Chris
My daughter and her husband planned this event and worked for months on the theme, decorations and games to make this a special reunion.
Mark and Chris BBQing
Here it comes! Time to eat!
In the kitchen
Daughter of Delaine and Chris and my granddaughter. She kept the games and entertainment going for the kids. They did some arts and crafts, bobbed for apples, played the piņata game, Frog jumping contest Western shooting games, etc. Kids had a great time!
Husband of Pauline who was killed in the automobile accident June 8th, 1959
L-R: Evelyn, my sister-in-law, Dorene, my daughter, Selinda, my daughter-in-law and wife of Dale Sr. and Verla with back to camera, daughter of Evelyn
Lonnie and daughter, Brooklyn
my grandson, son of Dorene
Lorene, my granddaughter on right.
Sister of Lonnie and daughter of Dorene
Notice the ranch house which was perfect for our Western theme family reunion! Weather was perfect too!
A closer view of the side of the ranch house
Mark Pare talking about memories of our Shirleys
Don't you love his hat?
Group under the tree listening to stories about the Shirleys
Donna and her grandchildren Madison and Jack
Donna is our eldest daughter
On left: Cathy and her husband, Darrell
Cathy survived the automobile accident June 8th, 1959
On right: Jason carrying daughter, Samantha, and his wife, Mandy
Jason is the son of Donna and our grandson
Our youngest daughter, drinking lemon aide from a fruit jar.
Ice tea was the other beverage served in fruit jars and we had plenty of Root Beer to drink. We ate out of pie tins and had way too much food and desserts so we sent food packages home with several...smile!
Cody and his father, Danny
Debbie's son and her husband
Debbie, Danny and Cody worked very hard and early in the morning too! They drove over from the Santa Cruz area after buying $35 worth of ice for us first. Then they moved the heavy tables and decorated them.
My grandson and son of Delaine
daughter of Evelyn
She saw we needed help and she jumped right in. She made the difference in getting things on the table and the clean up afterwards. She is a hard worker and we appreciate her help! We wouldn't have make it on time without her help!
Evelyn and her sons, Carl on left and Curt on right
Lorene and her son JJ
Daughter of Dorene and my granddaughter
Hannah and Haley
My great granddaughters, Dale and Lelya's girls
Cody playing horse shoes
One of three photo displays
In Memory of Millie Haley Shirley
My husband 77 years old
Last surviving child of Owen and Parmer Shirley