Shirley Fern Tate, age 79 of Effingham, Illinois and formerly of Wheeler, Illinois passed away at 5:00 PM – Monday, January 18, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois.
Funeral services celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 12:00 PM (Noon) – Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois with Mike Elliott officiating. Burial will be in the Dieterich Village Cemetery in Dieterich, Illinois. Visitation will be held 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Meyer Funeral Home 307 West Jourdan Street Newton, Illinois 62448 for expenses. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Shirley was born on August 22, 1936, in Jasper County, Illinois, the daughter of Graydon and Irene (Dow) King. She married Jakey Tate on November 14, 1957, and he preceded her in death on May 4, 2009.
Shirley was homemaker and mother. She was a member of the Wheeler Christian Church in Wheeler, Illinois. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, sewing and cooking.
Shirley is survived by: Children – Wesley Tate of Effingham, Illinois and Marsha (Steve) Kraus of Altamont, Illinois, Granddaughter – Stella Tate of Greenville, South Carolina, Brother – James (Barb) King of Teutopolis, Illinois and Sister – Mabel Nelson of Effingham, Illinois.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers George and Robert King.