Shirley Ruth Gregg, 86, was called to heaven on Saturday, March 27, following a brief illness.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Floyd and Fannie Penn, of Pueblo, Colorado.
She is survived by her sister, June (Hank) Saldana of Pueblo, Colorado; daughter, Lisa Gregg and special friend Michelle Banks of Austin, Texas; son, Douglass Gregg (Brenda) of West Haven, Utah; granddaughter, Alissa (Jake) Anderson and great-granddaughter, MaCall, of Plain City, Utah; and grandson, Braden (Brittney) Gregg of Irvine, California. The family gives special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Joni Fair Hospice house in Pueblo. They made everyone feel more comfortable during her last days. You all are truly amazing.
Shirley graduated from Centennial High School in 1953; she was active in the rifle team and played softball. She was quiet and reserved in high school but had a lot of friends — some remained lifelong. Following high school, she went to work for the “phone company” as a local operator. She was an outstanding employee and would tell stories of how much she enjoyed working the local boards.
At some point, she moved to the engineering department and enjoyed her time there equally as much. She made lifelong friendships there, too. During her employment, she married and started a family.
She left the phone company to become a stay-at-home mom to Lisa and Doug.
Through the years, she was a room mother, Cub Scout leader, MIA-POW activist during the Vietnam conflict, vice president of the National Cancer Society, member of the Jayceettes organization, member of Central Christian Church and best mother on earth.
She was an avid reader and accomplished artist. The family moved to Beulah for a few years and then to Kemmerer. She went back to work while in Kemmerer and worked in the Lincoln County Commissioners’ office until she was called back to Pueblo to care for her ailing mother.
She worried more about others than she did herself and made friends throughout her entire lifetime. She remained in Pueblo until her death. At the family’s request, there will be no service, and in lieu of flowers they ask that donations be sent to the Joni Fair Hospice House.