Shirlee Jean Valo. Aug 22,’39 – Sept 20,’17

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Shirlee Jean (Buckner) Valo
Aug. 22, 1939 – Sept. 20, 2017

[box type=”info”]Memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd. Time not announced.[/box]

“Graduation” is the word that Shirlee Valo preferred to use when referring to the end of life. On Sept. 20, she graduated with highest honors, surrounded by her family, just a few months after a late-stage diagnosis of primary peritoneal cancer.
Shirlee was born and raised in Portland, where she lived most of her 78 beautiful years. She wrote for The Oregonian as a correspondent, and later worked as a realtor. Her lifelong passion was golf — she and Terry, her husband of 58 years, were members of Tualatin Country Club before they moved to Charbonneau, where they could walk onto the golf course from their back door. When three seasons of golf weren’t enough for Shirlee, they added a small second home, also on a golf course, in Green Valley, Ariz., so she could golf all year.

Shirlee also was a passionate activist for several causes: she protested the Iraq War, marched in the 2017 Women’s March, volunteered in the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter for Women, and actively supported Angel Tree, a program that provides Christmas gifts for children of incarcerated parents. 

Warm, wise, loving, giving, open, accepting, vivacious, spirited, passionate, engaged, inspirational, funny, fun-loving and absolutely lovely inside and out — that’s how Shirlee will be remembered. She was deeply loved, and is survived by her greatest passions of all: her husband, Terry; their daughters, Ellisa Valo, Jenni Weitz and Valorie Valo; their three grandchildren; and their great-grandson. 

Shirlee’s approach to life was clear in her three favorite words: “Wasn’t that fun?” It truly was.  Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Shirlee’s life on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Charbonneau Club House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
Source. 9.27.17

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