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Obituary: Jessie Caldwell Tupman Shirley, 81, Adair Co., KY

She was the matriarch of a prominent Adair County family. She was a long-time member of the Columbia Christian Church and is remembered for her many years in charge of the nursery, the Easter Breakfast, and the annual church picnic on the family farm at Bliss. She was a founding member of the Bliss Homemakers. and was Homemaker of the Year in 1969. She was a graduate of Columbia High School. Her marriage to James Edwin Shirley, who survives, spanned 62 years

Jessie Caldwell Tupman Shirley, 81, of Columbia, died at home Thursday morning, October 21, 2010 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 1pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, with Bro. Terry White and Bro. Raymond Martin officiating. Burial in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY. Visitation from 4pm-8pmCT,Tuesday, October 26, 2010.

Jessie Caldwell Tupman Shirley, Adair Co., KY (1929-2010)

Jessie Caldwell Tupman Shirley was born July 3, 1929 in Cane Valley, Adair Co., KY, tothe late Tyler and Margaret Caldwell Tupman. She died October 21, 2010, in Columbia, Adair Co., KY, at the age of 81 years, 3 months, and 18 days.

She attended grade school in Cane Valley and graduated in 1948 from Columbia High School. On March 6, 1948, she married James Edwin Shirley of Bliss, KY. They were married 62 years and have five daughters.

Jessie was a long-time member of the Columbia Christian Church, where she will be remembered for the many years she was in charge of the nursery, the Easter Sunrise breakfast, the Vacation Bible School picnic and the annual church picnic on the family farm. She was an active member of Circle #4. She was a founding member of the Bliss Homemakers Club and was Homemaker of the Year in 1969.

Jessie is survived by her husband, James Edwin Shirley , and the following:
  • Daughters: Mary Ann (Gary) Hext of Rockfield, KY; Betty (Don) Knifley of Columbia, KY; Jamie (Richard) Simpson of Brussels, Belgium; Margaret (Mike) O'Malley of Trumbull, CT, Leslie (Paul) Bosse of Harrodsburg, KY

  • Six grandchildren; Chris (Julie) Tucker, Tyler and Bailey O'Malley, Isaac, Luke & Alex Bosse

  • Five step-grandchildren

  • Seven step-great-grandchildren

  • Three sisters and two brothers; Ruby Barbee of Columbia, KY; Dorothy McClung of Georgia, Ina Dee Durham,of Greensburg, Billy Tupman of Jamestown, KY; and Donald Tupman of Louisville, KY

  • Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends and neighbors
She was preceded in death by a brother; J.T. Tupman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
101 Sanders-Brown Building
Attention: Director of the Center on Aging
University of Kentucky
800 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40536

On-line donations: Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangements.

This story was posted on 2010-10-23 16:10:04

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