Shirley Jane Sudduth, 97, the widow of Lowell Thomas Sudduth, passed away Oct. 25, 2017, at her home in Brookings, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 5, 1920, in Pana, Illinois, to Bernard Joseph Boyle and Cleata Mae Kindred Boyle. Shirley married her high school sweetheart Oct. 3, 1941, in Springfield, Illinois,

After working the family farm in Edinburg, Illinois, the family relocated to Tampa, Florida, in 1955. Shirley and Tom raised three children: Polly, Barbara and Steve. Shirley, in addition to raising their children, was an active volunteer in her local church youth activities and the Mental Health Association.

After 15 years in Florida, Shirley and Tom moved to the Pacific Coast community of Aptos, California, for a few years before settling into the lovely Brookings community.

Shirley loved her Eggers Road neighborhood birthday gatherings, her local TOPS chapter and was a proud participating member of the Unitarian Fellowship. She was a strong vocal activist for the social issues she believed in and made sure she had her say in the local newspaper.

She looked forward to visits from her family and made sure all her kids and grandchildren’s favorite goodies were available to eat and enjoy during their visits.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Sudduth.

Shirley is survived by her three children: Polly Beason, Barbara Packard and Stephen Sudduth and their spouses; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shirley lived a vibrant, meaningful and beautiful life. Her family and the 1,000 Friends of Shirley will always remember this amazing woman, the welcoming ambassador in every community in which she lived: Eggers neighborhood, her Unitarians Fellowship and finally her Seaview home.

A Celebration of Shirley’s life will be at 2 p.m. Monday Oct. 30, at Sea View Senior Living Community, 98059 Gerlach Lane, Brookings, OR 97415, on the second floor in the Activities Loft.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s name may be made payable to CCPL (Chetco Community Public Library) 405 Alder St., Brookings OR 97415.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.