Passed away on October 6, 2017.
Shirley Ann ( McCloughan) Vontz was born to Helen and Bert McCloughan June 10, 1942. Her twin sister Sharon passed at birth. Shirley passed away October 6, 2017 at the age of 75 after a courageous 3 month battle with acute leukemia.
Shirley grew up north of Valentine, NE. She loved the Sandhills and always looked forward to coming home to visit the land and her family. Shirley graduated from Valentine High School in 1960. From there she obtained a bachelor and masters degree from the University of Nebraska in Home Economics and Special Education.
She taught school for McCook Public Schools 20+ years and for St Patrick’s Pre-school after retiring. One of her greatest joys was to teach and make learning exciting. Her grandchildren were never for lack of fun, educational books and toys!
Shirley married Ronald Vontz on a very hot day in July 1968. To this union was born 2 daughters Marci and LeeAnn. They raised their family south of McCook. They had a deep love for each other and we can now be joyous that they are able to be together again.
Shirley loved her family and friends. She listened, prayed, and gave great encouragement and advice to anyone of them in need. She especially delighted in watching her grandchildren come to earth and grow! She enjoyed crafting and sewing, a love that she has passed onto her girls.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents Helen and Bert McCloughan, her sister Sharon, sister Catherine Petersen, brother James McCloughan, and spouse Ronald Vontz.
Shirley is survived by daughters Marci Vontz-Lewis(Brian Lewis) of York, NE and LeeAnn Hampton (Dave) Lincoln; aunt Melvina Parker of Lincoln; sister-in-law Nadda McCloughan of Valentine, NE; brother and sister-in-law Steve and Bethine Vontz of McCook, NE; 8 grandchildren Caleb, Layce, Connor, Bradley, Abigail, Rylan, Sasha, and Amelia. Shirley is also survived my many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
While we are saddened that her earthly body was worn out and her time here with us was done, we are joyous that she is now free of pain and can be reuinited with our Heavenly Father and all those that have passed before her.
A memorial service was held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCook, NE on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:30 am. Rosary on Monday at 7:00 pm at the church. Cremation, no visitation. Flowers can be delivered to the church or memorials may be given to the family for future designation. Condolences to www.aspenaftercare.com.